PHNOM PENH: Cambodia’s retail gasoline price has strongly declined for the first time because of the fall on the international market, the Khmer Times reported on Thursday.
According to the Commerce Ministry’s oil price lists, which have been set twice per month, the cost of regular petrol sold between April 1-15 is at 2,350 riels (0.58 U.S. dollar) per liter and diesel at 2,450 riels (0.6 U.S. dollar) per liter, reports Xinhua.Compared with the last 15 days, the price of regular petrol declined by 23 percent from 3,050 riels (0.75 U.S. dollar) per liter, and the price of diesel dropped by 12.5 percent from 2,800 riels (0.68 U.S. dollar) per liter, according to the report.
Commerce Ministry’s spokesman Seang Thay said that based on the international market price and demand, which are affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, Cambodia has seen significant price declines.
“Our price is based on the international market. The outbreak of COVID-19 has delayed all production while people are advised to stay home, so there will be lower demand,” he said.
The Covid-19 pandemic reduced the global oil price to 22 U.S. dollars per barrel this week from 55 U.S. dollars earlier in March, according to the spokesman.
While other consumer products such as food have seen high demand globally because of concerns over COVID-19 and panic buying, the need for oil has fallen, which sent the price down.