Manzhouli, a major land port of entry on China's border with Russia, imported over 1,700 tonnes of liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) from Russia in 2017, Chinese Xinhua reported on January 9, 2018.
Manzhouli officially began importing LPG from Russia in February of 2017, and the annual imports of the gas reached 1,713 tonnes. The resource is mainly used as household fuel in the region.
Imports of LPG are expected to expand further in 2018 to meet the demand of inland users, local authorities said.
China has been adjusting its energy structure to reduce pollution in recent years. A major move has been to shift from coal to clean energy, leading to surging demand for clean fuel such as natural gas.
As a green energy, liquefied petroleum gas can make up for shortages in natural gas and is cost-effective and easy to transport. When used as an automobile fuel, it releases 90 % less carbon monoxide and 70 % less hydrocarbon compounds than traditional petroleum.