Poland Reduces Dependence on Russian LPG, Boosts Re-Exports to Ukraine

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Despite continuing to be Russia’s biggest customer for fuel and increasing re-exports to Ukraine, data indicates that Poland purchased less liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) from Russia last year as it moved to diversify its sources in the wake of the war in Ukraine, as reported by Hellenic Shipping.

LPG consumption

Poland’s consumption of LPG, mainly for cars, increased by 2.5% to 2.495 million tonnes in 2021. Despite this, Russia’s LPG supply to Poland fell by 7.6%. Meanwhile, Poland’s LPG exports more than doubled to 460,000 tonnes in 2022, with over half going to Ukraine, which saw a 24-fold increase from the previous year due to Russia’s ban on direct exports to Ukraine.

Petrochemical production

Poland uses LPG for car fuel, heating and petrochemical production. It imports LPG from countries like Sweden, Kazakhstan, Lithuania, and the United States, but remains the largest importer of LPG from Russia despite political tensions. LPG is preferred in Poland as a cheaper alternative to gasoline.

Poland remained the largest importer of LPG from Russia in the first quarter of 2023, accounting for around 34% of total LPG exports from Moscow, according to Reuters calculations, despite political tensions between the two countries.


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Source: Hellenic Shipping