Diesel Prices Increased by 20.4% Despite the Improvement in on-grid Power Generation


Wednesday, October 25, 2017 / 8:40 AM /FDC

Diesel prices have climbed 2.5% in the last week. Cumulatively, it has increased 20.4% despite the improvement in on-grid power generation. 

Domestic commodity prices have been oblivious to the diesel price spike due to the bountiful harvest season.

Burning Economic Issues

·        N586m spent daily on fuel subsidy – annualized at N213bn (Vanguard)

46m bank accounts without BVN

2018 Budget to be presented at FEC

Trump to decide on Fed chairperson

Brent crude up 0.21% to $57.49pb

Parallel market flat at N363/$

Diesel price up 2.5% to N205 per litre

Economic News

The Good
Improved on-grid power generation at approximately 4000MW

The Bad
·        Diesel price climbs to a 6-month high

Frozen accounts to drain liquidity out of the banking system

Power Generation analysis & Impact
October 23rd : Average power output sent was 3998MWh/hour (up 167MWh/h)

Gas constraint was 298MW; frequency management constraint due to loss of DisCo feeders was 1801MW

Estimated loss: N1.008bn (annualised at N367.92bn /$0.91bn)

Improved generation with improvements in gas supply 

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Domestic Commodity Prices Movement
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 Stock Market 
·        NSE ASI 0.48% to 36,411.73pts

Consumer goods sub index 0.19% to 922.53pts

Mixed sentiments driving market down

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Oil Prices
·        Brent crude 0.21% to $57.49pb

US oil rigs fell by 7 to 736- Baker Hughes (week to Oct 20)

Nigeria’s oil rig count remained flat at 8 - September

Tension in the Middle East reduces supply flows from Iraq

Increasing oil demand from India and China

Oil Markets Today
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Outlook – Oil Prices    
·        Oil prices to remain above $55pb in October on lower supply in the Middle East

Tightening US market to drive price higher

Outlook – Agric Prices

·        Grain prices to trade bearish on favorable weather Forecast


·        Lowering demand expected to weigh on prices 


·        Prices expected to trade bearish on increased sunshine in Ivory Coast

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