June 1, 2013 (Reuters) – Emirates National Oil Co (ENOC) has cut the retail price of diesel by 20 fils to 3.50 dirhams ($0.95) a litre, it said on Saturday.
ENOC, owned by the government of Dubai, said its price cut reflected “the recent decline in international prices” and would have a positive impact on the emirate’s economy, particularly the manufacturing sector.
Unlike neighbouring Abu Dhabi, the capital of the United Arab Emirates, Dubai does not have significant oil reserves. Although petrol prices are capped across the country, diesel prices are not.
In 2011 ENOC said it faced a loss of 2.7 billion dirhams ($735 million) to sell petrol at the subsidised rate after buying it at international prices and said the situation was “clearly not sustainable or viable for the company”.
World Bank data showed that in 2012, the average pump price of diesel in the United States was $1.05 a litre and in China it was $1.28 a litre.
(Reporting by Angus McDowall; Editing by Catherine Evans)