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Belarus to import 7.5bn kWh of electricity in 2013

MINSK, 25 February (BelTA) – In 2013 Belarus may import 7.5 billion kWh of electricity. The forecast is stipulated by Belarus Economy Ministry resolution No 1. The resolution has been published by the national legal information website law.by, BelTA has learned.

The document stipulates calculated indicators of Belarus’ social and economic development forecast for 2013.

In 2012 Belarus imported 7.9 billion kWh of electricity, with Ukraine being the largest supplier. Belarus also imported electricity from Russia.

In line with the resolution in 2013 Belarus may export 0.2 billion kWh of electricity. This year’s domestic demand is expected to be 39.12 billion kWh, 1.2% up from 2012. The domestic output is expected at 31.82 billion kWh, 3.7% up.

The resolution specifies forecast parameters for other energy resources as well. In 2013 Belarus may import 23 million tonnes of oil, 5.3% up from 2012. Oil extraction is expected at 1.63 million tonnes, 98.2% as against 2012. Belarus plans to export the entire volume of oil it will extract.

In 2013 Belarus intends to import 22.1 billion cubic meters of natural gas, 6.8% up from 2012. Domestic extraction will be 203.1 million cubic meters, 98.2% as against 2012. Coal import is expected to rise by 68.5% to 970,000 tonnes.

Apart from that, Belarus plans to make 4.2 million tonnes of automobile gasoline, 12.8% up from 2012. As much as 3.05 million tonnes will be exported, 16.8% up. No gasoline will be imported. Diesel fuel output is expected to rise by 3.6% to 7.6 million tonnes. Diesel fuel import will be 3 million tonnes, with export at 6.2 million tonnes. As much as 6.2 million tonnes of residual oil will be made, 5.4% up from 2012. Belarus intends to export 5.8 million tonnes of residual oil.