The output of liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) in Ukraine used as fuel for cars within the period between January and March 2018 (the first quarter of the current year) dropped by 8% in year-over-year terms. At the same time, the nation’s LPG autogas imports added 16.9%. The production of LPG stood at 101,200 tons in the first quarter of 2018, whereas LPG totaled 287,800 tons, according to Oleksandr Sirenko, an analyst from the UPECO fuel consultancy, UNIAN reports.
“The share of LPG for vehicles in the structure of LPG consumption is over 88%, while that of petrochemicals is 6.5%, whereas LPG used in the household segment and agro-industrial complex accounts for around 5%,” Sirenko said.
According to Oleksandr Sirenko, Russia still remains the major supplier of LPG to Ukraine. “Factoring in the reverse exports via Belarus, the share of Russia in the import balance is close to 45%, or 158,700 tons,” Sirenko added.
In 2017, the LPG market in Ukraine (total consumption) increased by 7.5%, to 1.59 million tons. Over 95% of the LPG was used as motor fuel.