Russian gasoline to be despatched to Pakistan as EU import ban looms

MOSCOW: Impartial Russian oil refiner Forteinvest has clinched a deal that may see Russian gasoline despatched to Pakistan by land for the primary time, two business sources mentioned on Friday, as Russian refiners search various markets for motor fuels days earlier than an EU import ban.

Forteinvest has bought to a dealer an preliminary 1,000-tonne lot of gasoline from its Orsk plant for supply to Pakistan and has extra requests to produce gasoline, diesel and LPG to the nation, the sources added.

The refined merchandise will probably be shipped from the Orsk refinery in Russia’s Orenburg area close to the Kazakhstan border to Afghanistan by rail and reloaded into tank vans for supply to Pakistan, as Russia and Pakistan don’t have direct rail connections, the sources mentioned.

Forteinvest didn’t reply to a request for remark.

In 2022, Russia shipped to Afganistan by rail some 120,000 tonnes of gasoline from Orsk, Omsk, Salavat, Taneko and TAIF oil refineries, in addition to some 41,000 tonnes of diesel of Belarusian origin and from Russian oil depots. Russia has additionally exported to the nation some 104,000 tonnes of LPG, rail information exhibits.