The average price of gasoline in Italy is 1,772 euros per liter, 1,735 euros for diesel: all prices on roads and highways
What free competition or the fight against the wildest international speculation could not achieve, the new balances in the oil extraction sector achieved. Now that the United States is by far the world’s largest producer and is literally determined to invade the market, the price of crude oil is destined to remain as low as probably ever before in recent history. HE fuel price lists they get one obvious advantage, despite new increases during the holidays, which are however destined to be reabsorbed in the short term. In Italy the national average price from the gas In self-service mode it is located at 1,772 euros/literwhile the diesel is in height 1,735 euros/liter, therefore very far from the threshold of 2 euros/liter considered by many to be inevitable in the face of the continuation of two wars and strong tensions in the Persian Gulf. In other times, all this would have been enough to trigger a crisis. Instead, 2023 will be remembered as the end of the era of quota production to artificially support prices. Now only the free market rules.
The last twelve months tell precisely the surprise of one normality that no one expected. As summarized by the specialized newspaper Staffetta Quotidiana, in Italy the year began with the return to the full excise tax and the consequent general increase in prices, although due exclusively to the tax component. Then, between the end of January and mid-May, the diesel price list plummeted, with a sharp drop in gasoline as well, and only in the summer did we have an increase in prices until the peak at the end of September, with gasoline by exceeding the national average of two euros per liter in self-service mode. In the following three months, the physiological drop was due to the abundance of available oil and, therefore, the absolute impossibility of increasing its price. Looking at the fuel demand, the year began with diesel more expensive than gasoline by more than 5 cents per liter, but the counterattack occurred at the beginning of February and by mid-June gasoline began to cost more than 16 cents more than diesel. From then on the gap narrows, falling below 10 cents at the end of August and to just one cent in the first week of November, and then increasing to the current four cents. As for LPG, after the “peak” at the end of February, just above 80 cents, at the end of July it reached the minimum below 70 cents, and then rose to 72 cents today.
the giant falls
In short, in 2023 we will not remember dramatic oil crises or queues at distributors to pay figures much higher than 2 euros/liter. It didn’t happen and it’s not a coincidence. In the last 12 months we have to tell the silent collapse of a giant founded in 1960 and called OPEC, the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries. Over the decades, it has been able to determine, even quite cynically, the amount of oil it should extract to maximize its price, thanks to an extraction capacity that represented most of what could be used globally. global level. From the traditional bloc of Arab countries, OPEC has evolved into the current OPEC+, now also open from Brazil and Russia, as well as Algeria and Kazakhstan. It would remain a power capable of determining the world’s energy directions if, starting in the mid-2000s, the USA They had not decided to drastically increase their national crude oil production, to the point that last September they reached a new absolute record, well more than 13 million barrels per day, according to data from the United States Energy Information Administration, processed in Italy by the Ispi – Institute for International Political Studies. In the same period, the OPEC+ block fell well below 9 million, although production capacity is 13, becoming practically irrelevant in its policies of “cutting” extraction. Not even Brazil’s recent entry into OPEC+ seems destined to change the current trend, with the United States willing to support maximum oil production at a time when its global demand is falling, thanks above all to the industrial crisis facing China. . Barring currently unimaginable upheavals, all analysts ultimately agree on the end of a system that made history, but never with a happy ending for motorists.
These are the averages of the prices charged and communicated by the managers to the Price Observatory of the Ministry of Economic Development, processed by Daily relief the day after the survey, December 27 at 8 in the morning, in approximately 18 thousand plants.
Why concern? self service:
- Gasoline 1,772 euros/liter (company 1,774, white pumps 1,767);
- Diesel 1,735 euros/liter (company 1,737, white pumps 1,729);
These are the averages to the served:
- Gasoline 1,914 euros/liter (company 1,953, white pumps 1,833);
- Diesel 1,876 euros/liter (company 1,915, white pumps 1,795);
- LPG 0.716 euros/liter (companies 0.724, white pumps 0.706);
- Methane 1,448 euros/kg (company 1,453, white bombs 1,444);
These are the averages on the freeway:
- Self-service gasoline at 1,860 euros/liter;
- Gasoline served at 2,128 euros/liter;
- self-service diesel at 1,829 euros/liter; Diesel served at 2,102 euros/liter;
- LPG in self-service at 0.829 euros/liter;
- LPG served at 0.846 euros/liter;
- self-service methane at 1,548 euros/kg;