The Department of Energy Business has forecast that the demand for petrol and diesel in Thailand this year would be 10 per cent higher than last year,
Petrol consumption is predicted to be 31.85 million litres per day, up from 28.98 million litres per day last year, while that of diesel will reach 68 million litres per day from 62 million litres per day last year.
The demand for petrol during the first nine months of this year was 30.01 million litres daily, up 3.9 per cent year on year, while that of diesel was 63.8 million litres daily, up 3 per cent year on year.
The department expects the demand for petrol to skyrocket in the remaining months of this year during the high season.
Import of liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) is higher than last year at an average 52,000 to 53,000 tonnes monthly, up 23.8 per cent year on year.
As of June this year, there were 26,988 petrol stations in Thailand, up from 25,613 last year. The number of LPG stations in the same period was 2,071, down from 2,092 last year. The number of NGV was 462, down from 487 last year.
NGV consumption during the first nine months was 6.84 million kilograms daily, down 12.4 per cent year on year.
AOT STUDY SOUGHT ON
The Transport Ministry has asked Airports of Thailand (AOT) to conduct a feasibility study on its plan to expand the Chiang Mai airport’s capacity so as to give a clear indication to companies interested in joint investment in the project.
Ministry deputy permanent secretary Peraphon Thawornsupacharoen said yesterday that while two to three private firms had shown interest to join with AOT as a Public-Private Partnership, the ministry could not give them a clear investment direction.
AOT intends to expand the Chiang Mai airport capacity to serve 20 million passengers a year from the present 8 million, which will be enough to serve the expected passenger number over the next 15 years.
The Civil Aviation Authority of Thailand (CAAT) master plan has proposed that the second Chiang Mai airport be set up in a new location to serve a rising number of passengers, which is expected to reach 22 million per year in 2034.