Belarus reduced oil imports by 14.4% and gas imports by 8% in January 2011 against January 2010. According to the National Statistics Committee, Belarus imported 612.4 thousand tons this January, including 360.6 thousand tons from Russia (49.6% less than in the same period last year), as well as 251.8 thousand tons from Venezuela.
Belarus imported 2.2 billion cubic meters of natural gas in January 2011, notes the National Statistical Committee. Total imports of petroleum products amounted to 105.2 thousand tons during the period, i.e. 1.5% more than the same period last year. Most of the petroleum products were traditionally imported from Russia — 91.6 thousand tons (8.8% less than in 2010). 12.3 thousand tons of oil were imported from Kazakhstan, Belarus; 1.2 tons — from countries outside the CIS.
As Telegraf previously reported, the volume of petroleum product reduced by 17.6% in Belarus in January 2011 and amounted to Br1.95 billion compared with the same period last year. The volume of oil also decreased by 0.7% to 141.9 thousand tons.