B30 diesel price cap to last at least 4 months

B30 diesel price cap to last at least 4 months

Lorries are seen parked along Bang Na-Trat Road during the ‘Truck Power’ protest on Tuesday. Protesting truckers are demanding diesel prices be reduced and maintained at 25 baht a litre to offset soaring transport costs. (Photo: Somchai Poomlard)
Lorries are seen parked along Bang Na-Trat Road during the ‘Truck Power’ protest on Tuesday. Protesting truckers are demanding diesel prices be reduced and maintained at 25 baht a litre to offset soaring transport costs. (Photo: Somchai Poomlard)

The government will extend its diesel price cap of 30 baht per litre beyond this month, the energy minister said on Wednesday, as global oil prices put a strain on consumers and an economy struggling from the pandemic.

The support will be financed by the country's oil fund and a loan, Deputy Prime Minister Supattanapong Punmeechaow, who is also energy minister, told a news conference.

He did not provide a timeframe for how long the price cap, which was due to end this month, would be in place.

However, the current oil fund of about 9 billion baht and a loan of 20 billion baht should support the price freeze for four to five months, if global oil prices stay at $87.5 per barrel, Mr Supattanapong said.

"By that time, we expect oil prices to gradually fall due to a warmer climate," he said.

If the funds are still insufficient, however, the energy ministry will work with the finance ministry on other measures, including a possible excise tax cut, Mr Supattanapong said.

"The government is hoping this will ease consumers' concerns. The situation is unfavourable as global oil prices have risen almost every day in October," he said.

The government will also try to freeze prices of liquefied petroleum gas at least until January, he added. 

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