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Russia Becomes EU’s 2nd-Largest Supplier of Refined Petroleum Via India

  • The EU imported 7.9 million tons of refined petroleum products from India between January and September this year.
  • This year’s refined petroleum products volume catapulted India from sixth place in 2022 to first place in 2023, with France, the Netherlands and Italy the three largest importers.
  • Bulgaria was granted an exemption from the EU’s Russian oil embargo implemented in late 2022 in order to ensure sufficient domestic supply.

Russian media reports citing official Eurostat statistics report that India has become the European Union’s second-largest supplier of refined petroleum products in 2023, second only to Saudi Arabia. 

The EU imported 7.9 million tons of refined petroleum products from India between January and September this year, according to RIA Novosti calculations, a figure that is more than double year-on-year, and a triple the volumes from 2021. According to the report, this year’s refined petroleum products volume catapulted India from sixth place in 2022 to first place in 2023, with France, the Netherlands and Italy the three largest importers, followed by Croatia, Latvia, Romania and Germany.  India, Asia’s second-largest oil refiner after China, imports some 40% of the crude it refines from Russia, with volumes having increased exponentially due to a discount on Russia crude as a result of Western sanctions. Russian crude continues to make its way into European markets in other ways, as well. According to data from the Centre for Research on Energy and Clean Air (CREA), Bulgaria’s Black Sea Neftochim Burgas refinery imported over 4.95 million tons of Russian crude in the first 10 months of this year. 

Bulgaria was granted an exemption from the EU’s Russian oil embargo implemented in late 2022 in order to ensure sufficient domestic supply. However, Russian oil is being refined and sold into other European markets. 

According to CREA, Bulgaria is the fourth-largest importer of Russian seaborne crude, after India, China and Turkey. 

According to Eurostat, natural gas, petroleum oil, nickel, iran, steel and fertilizers account for two-thirds of “extra-EU” imports (transactions with all countries outside the EU) from Russia. Further, the official statistics agency notes that between Q3 2021 and Q3 2023, Russia’s share in “extra-EU” imports of natural gas decreased by 27%. 

Extra-EU imports of petroleum oil saw a 25% decrease in Russian share. 

By Charles Kennedy for Oilprice.com

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  • Mamdouh Salameh on November 24 2023 said:
    Despite the EU’s ban on exports of Russian petroleum products, Russian exports never stopped reaching the EU and the rest of the world via India and China.

    Part of Indian and Chinese record imports of Russian crude was refined and exported to the EU, the United States and the rest of the world.

    As a result, India was catapulted from sixth place to number one exporter of refined products to the EU and Russia’s exports of crude and petroleum products continued to break records and reach their pre-Ukraine destinations directly and indirectly.

    Dr Mamdouh G Salameh
    International Oil Economist
    Global Energy Expert
  • George Doolittle on November 24 2023 said:
    Massive Russian pipeline travelling through Kazakhstan Afghanistan and Pakistan through to India clearly having a dramatic effect absolutely. Plus with zero imports into the USA due to the global embargo plus zero investments in the likes of Guyana or no more helping out Chevron in Venezuela absolutely devastating to the US energy sector as well. Sadly the US economy is booming away as well so demand for oil is sky so it looks like $10,000,000 us Dollar a barrel oil just as predicted by Goldman Sachs and going into Holiday Season no less appears to have played out perfectly here absolutely.
  • fredric longabard on November 25 2023 said:
    The sanctions on Russia are causing higher prices here in the US, Atta boy Joe.

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