Uzbekistan exported $132.8 million worth of gas to China in the 1st 4 months of this year, Neftegaz.RU reported, citing statistics from the Chinese General Administration of Customs.
It did not put a figure on the volume exported.
Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan were China’s 4th and 5th largest suppliers by pipeline, respectively.
Both countries have said they plan to halt gas exports in the coming years to meet rising domestic demand.
Tashkent has set a deadline of 2025 to end exports.
That will free up gas to generate more power to tackle the energy shortages that grip Uzbekistan every winter.
Gas supplies to power stations have increased by 13 % over the last 3 years, and supplies to domestic consumers by 30 %, according to data released by the government this month.
The extra gas available when exports are halted will also be used to produce value-added products, such as plastics, that generate greater revenues than sales of the raw commodity.
Kazakhstan anticipates halting exports after 2024 because domestic demand is rising but gas extraction is not, Energy Minister Bolat Akchulakov said last month.
Gas prices for domestic consumers, currently subsidized by exports, would rise, he warned.