In 2006-2010 diesel fuel production in the world increased from 1,167.4 million tons to 1,284.4 million tons. In this period diesel fuel production was going up in response to growing demand, stipulated by the economic growth in the production sector and by the expansion of the range of vehicles, powered by diesel fuel. A sharp slump in demand for diesel fuel in the sector of industrial consumption and in retail business took place in 2009. It was caused by the industrial recession, which was induced by the economic crisis. The slump in demand resulted in decrease in diesel fuel production by 6.3%. In 2010 the economic redevelopment began, which resulted in the expansion of the diesel fuel consumption volume. This year the world diesel fuel production has almost reached the pre-crisis ceiling and equaled 1,284.4 million tons.
According to our estimates, from 2011 to 2015 diesel fuel production will be increasing by 4.4-4.9 % annually. The prospects of the diesel fuel market are connected with the expansion of the range of vehicles, working on diesel fuel. The usage of the blend of diesel fuel and a special ecological additive (GTL diesel fuel) opens up ample opportunities for using this product in the markets of the developed countries, where the ecological pollution from vehicle emissions is a serious problem.
The world’s leading diesel fuel manufacturers are the USA and China. In 2010 these countries produced 16.3% and 12.7% respectively, of the total volume of diesel fuel production in the world. Apart from the USA and China, a significant amount of diesel fuel is produced in Russia, Japan and India.