Petrobras announced this Friday (8) increases of 7.2% in the prices of gasoline and cooking gas in its refineries. The price of diesel, which was already increased last week, will remain the same. According to the state company, a liter of gasoline will go from R$ 2.78 to R$ 2.98 sold by its refineries. The average readjustment is R$0.20.
A kilo of cooking gas will go from R$ 3.60 to R$ 3.86, which represents an increase of R$ 0.26. Thus, the 13 kilos that are used to fill a conventional cylinder will cost the equivalent of R$50.15 at the refinery.
In a statement, Petrobras stated “that it is the first increase in 58 days”. However, according to data from the Extended National Consumer Price Index (IPCA) released this Friday by the IBGE, in the last 12 months until September, gasoline rose 39.6% in the country and bottled gas advanced 34.67%.
According to Petrobras, these adjustments “are important to ensure that the market continues to be supplied on an economic basis and without the risk of shortages by the different actors responsible for serving the various Brazilian regions.”
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This Thursday (7), the price of a barrel of Brent oil – an international reference – closed above at US$ 81.95, renewing quotation highs since the end of 2018. At the beginning of the year, the average price was below US $65. The dollar reached R$5.5160, the highest rate since April 20th.
“THE PRESIDENT IS WHO DECIDE”
Brazilians have felt the successive increases in the price of gasoline, diesel and cooking gas in their pockets. President Jair Bolsonaro (no party), however, sometimes attacks the state tax (ICMS), sometimes changes the mandatory percentage of biodiesel in oil, and always attacks the main Brazilian state-owned company.
“We have oil and state refineries here and we pay as if we were buying on another continent,” said Alexandre Finamori, in an interview with Brasil de Fato, the coordinator of the Minas Gerais Oil Workers Union (Sindpetro/MG).
According to the union leader, the persecution of Petrobrás and national sovereignty is not new, but the violence of the current dismantling has the aggravation of the historical moment, in the midst of a sanitary and humanitarian crisis.
“Gasoline is at this price by decision of the President of the Republic. Petrobras, even though it is a mixed economy, that is, having shares on the stock exchange, has the federal government as its largest shareholder. The price policy adopted by the company, the PPI, is a decision of the current management of the company and the president of the republic could request the change”, he says.
Edition: Anelize Moreira