Japan's domestic naphtha sales fall 6.1% in September

31 October 2012 11:39  [Source: ICIS news]

TOKYO (ICIS)--Japan’s domestic sales of naphtha fell by 6.1% to 3.36m kilolitres in September from the same month last year, official data from the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) showed on Wednesday.

The country’s overall fuel oil product sales, including naphtha, increased by 1.6% year on year to 15.2m kilolitres in September, according to the ministry. 

Among the total, domestic sales of Bunker B and Bunker C was particularly robust at 2.42m kilolitres, a 27% rise from September last year, the data showed.

Based on the statistics, domestic sales of gasoline was up by 0.6% year on year to 4.75m kilolitres in September.

Meanwhile, Japan imported 17.2m kilolitres of crude oil in September, a 0.4% decline from the same month in 2011, while 1.27m kilolitres of crude oil was domestically shipped, a 45% increase year on year, according to the METI.

Among the total crude oil shipments, 1.19m kilolitres were used for electricity, a 44% increase from September 2011, while 68,254 kilolitres were used for petrochemical production, a 70% year on year increase, the data showed.

By: Tomomi Yokomura
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