In 2014, global oil demand was 92.6 million barrels per day, and demand for 2015 is expected to increase by 1.4 million barrels each day, for a total of 94 million. This phenomenon truly spans the globe; gas prices have decreased from the pumps in Pakistan to stations in Senegal. But while most countries have seen saving, gas prices globally differ wildly.
Carmudi, examined the fuel price and general affordability of petrol in eighteen emerging markets.
Fuel prices in the oil-wealthy Middle East are incredibly low, and that, coupled with the high average daily income, makes it the best place to own a gas guzzler.
Prices range from $0.15 per liter in Saudi Arabia, OPEC’s largest oil producer (average daily income $143.60), to $0.26 in Qatar, the world’s third largest oil producer (average daily income $382.60), to $0.47 in the United Arab Emirates, the world’s eighth largest oil producer (average daily income $170.00).
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Do you think that filling up your tank is draining your wallet? Check out the infographic below to see where your country ranks.
In Indonesia, where fuel subsidies have been cut by the government since early 2015, most people are forced to spend over 30% of their daily earnings to buy a single litre of petrol. In Sri Lanka a single litre of fuel costs $0.96, taking up to nearly 45% of the national average daily income.
Fuel prices in Mexico, the world’s seventh largest oil producer, are similar to prices in several Asian countries such as Vietnam, where a litre is priced at $0.92 and $0.97, respectively. Despite the similar prices, the average daily income in Mexico is almost three times more than Vietnam. It takes 7.8% of a day’s wage in Mexico to buy a litre; whereas, in Vietnam it costs more than 25% of the average daily income.
In Africa, it comes as no surprise that fuel prices in Nigeria, the biggest oil producer in the region, are among the cheapest standing at $0.46 per litre or 5.6% of the national average income per day. Fuel prices look different for those East African countries with significantly lower average incomes. In Rwanda, where fuel costs $1.17, the average person makes only $1.55 per day. One liter accounts for over 75% of a typical daily income, almost a full day’s worth of work.