José Gómez Ferreira talks about rising fuel prices next week to around 9.6 cents for diesel and 6 cents for gasoline, and asks why the National Energy Sector Organization has removed profits from fuel sellers from its website.
On the question of whether the rise in fuel prices is due to the high cost of oil, war or financial interest on the part of those involved in the oil market, José Gomes Ferreira ensures that both situations take place.
Shows that the price of a barrel of Brent continues to rise, currently stands at $93.93 (€96.93).while in the opposite direction the euro continues to lose value.
Despite these factors, which, according to José Gomes Ferreira, affect the final cost, the price at which the fuel leaves the plant “already provides a large margin for those who recycle”, and gives the Portuguese example of the Galp refinery in Sines. This shows that this and other refineries operating in the Portuguese market are consistently increasing their profits.
José Gomez Ferreira also emphasizes that a year ago “There was a difference of 15 to 20 cents between the factory price and the sale price to the public, and at the moment it is 30 to 40 cents.”something that “unjustified”.
Marketing process costs “never justify” a 40-cent increase in profits.
José Gómez Ferreira emphasizes that while there are costs associated with transportation, storage, marketing, distribution, etc., they “never justify” a 40 cent increase.
is still in doubt National Energy Sector Organization (ENSE) – the organization that manages the booking, guarantees the supply of fuel in Portugal and controls the distribution infrastructure – why it removed from its website a chart that compared fuel reference prices and sales price to the public, thereby revealing the profit margins of fuel sellers.
“Why did this creature do this?”
José Gomes Ferreira shows that it is no longer possible to view the sales values for the public, and only the reference price is available for consultation.
Why did this organization do this? I have only one question, or maybe an interpretation. Because of pressure from distributors on the government, which in turn forced ENSE to draw the chart? Or was it ENSE itself, on its own initiative, removed? Explain to the Portuguese, please.”
He concludes by appealing to the transparency of actors in the energy sector, which he says has become “increasingly opaque”.