October 5, 2022

Chinese biodiesel production will increase by 32% in 2022

China’s biodiesel production in 2022 is expected to rise 32% from 2021, mainly due to an increase in export demand, according to a report filed with the Foreign Agricultural Service’s Global Agricultural Information Network. USDA. Domestic ethanol blending rates remain limited, however, with no mandate beyond a municipal B5 program.

China currently has 46 biodiesel plants, up from 44 in 2021 and 42 in 2020. Design capacity is expected to reach 4.7 billion liters (1.24 billion gallons) this year, up from 2.8 billion gallons in 2021 and 2.726 billion gallons in 2020. Capacity utilization is expected to fall to 51.7% in 2022 from 65.5% in 2021 and 53.4% ​​in 2020.

An estimated 2.381 million metric tons of used cooking oil are expected to be used as feedstock for biodiesel production this year, compared to 1.798 million metric tons in 2021 and 1.426 million metric tons in 2020.

Chinese producers are expected to manufacture 2.43 billion liters of biodiesel this year, compared to 1.835 billion liters in 2021 and 1.455 billion liters in 2020. Consumption is expected to reach 600 million liters in 2022, compared to 564 million liters per year last and 522 million liters in 2020.

China is expected to export 2.125 billion liters of biodiesel this year, compared to 1.835 billion liters in 2021 and 1.455 billion liters in 2020. Almost all biodiesel exports in 2022 are expected to go to the European Union.

China is expected to import 295 million liters of biodiesel this year, up from 204 million liters last year and 102 million liters in 2020.

A full copy of the report can be downloaded from USDA FAS GAIN website.