Rise in kerosene prices worrisome as winter looms

People fill up on Kerosene from a pump in an Amman gas station. (Photo: Ameer Khalifeh/Jordan News)
AMMAN — The National Consumer Protection Association (NCPA) warned that a continuous rise in the price of diesel and kerosene fuel places additional costs and burdens consumers, especially in winter, when demand rises for fuel used in heating and transportation.اضافة اعلان

NCPA President Mohammed Obeidat said in a statement that Jordanians did not yet feel the impact of the consecutive and monthly increases in the prices of diesel and Kerosene, but will during the winter when demand for both fuels rise.

The statement to Jordan News said that the higher prices of diesel and kerosene affect mostly low-income and middle-class Jordanians.

The rise will impede an accelerated economic growth, and will adversely affect the citizen’s purchasing power, forcing a further reduction in already stagnated business activity, according to the statement.

Energy expert Amer Al-Shobaki told Jordan News that “diesel and kerosene prices increased six times in as many weeks, and the prices reached unprecedented levels in the Kingdom’s history.”

He said that he expects the rise in the price of the diesel and kerosene to have a significant impact on higher inflation rates in Jordan, and also result in diminishing the competitiveness of Jordanian industries.

“The new pricing poses a real challenge for everyone, for the ability of Jordanians to heat their homes, as we approach the cold winter season,” he said.

Energy expert Hashem Akel told Jordan News that the price of petroleum products is “determined by the cost of raw materials, oil refining, and tax, in addition to marketing expenses”.

“Locally, we follow international pricing,” he said. “This month, prices fell globally, and were reflected in the situation in Jordan, where the price of gasoline receded.”

But the price of diesel and kerosene fuel continued to rise, he pointed out. According to Akel, “despite the drop in diesel prices globally, the Jordanian government is increasing it by 35 fils per month.”

He said that the increased price was due to the “high tax imposed on oil derivatives locally, which must be reconsidered and revised”.

Riyadh Al-Jayousi, a 50-year-old father of four, told Jordan News that his family relies mainly in winter on kerosene heating “and the constant rise in prices is very debilitating”.

He insisted that he cannot use other heating methods, and that he already feels he will not be able to afford the current fuel prices.

“Repeated increases in the price of diesel and kerosene affected me,” he said. “Sometimes, we had to cut down on other expenses to provide warmth at home in winter.”

Um Mohammad, a 40 year old widow with two children, told Jordan News that “the government does not take into consideration the consumers’ economic situation, and does not feel with them.”

“The increase in the price of basic materials, such as diesel and kerosene, which we hardly can afford already, is really a bad thing.”

“Economic conditions are getting worse,” she sighed.

“The needs and expenses of each family are rising,” she said. “In winter, it is difficult to see your child shivering, and you cannot afford to heat his room in the cold nights.”

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