Russia more than doubled its rail exports of liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) to China in 2022 as part of the Kremlin’s drive to diversify its energy export sales, Reuters analysis based on data from industry sources showed on Thursday.
Exports to China rose to 147,100 tonnes from 62,600 a year earlier, the data showed.
LPG, or propane and butane, is mainly used as fuel for cars, heating and to produce other petrochemicals. Almost all Russia’s LPG exports to China go by rail.
Other large LPG exporters, such as Gazprom, Rosneft, Lukoil, Tatneft and Sibur, have redirected their supplies away from Ukraine and Europe last year.
The increase also occurred as the trade with China was subdued in 2021 amid the COVID pandemic.