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China’s Gas Consumption Jumps on Anti-Pollution Campaign

China has been struggling to secure enough supplies to meet the boom in demand for natural gas. Imports soared 24.9% year-on-year in the first 10 months of the year to 54.2 million tons, up from a pace of 21.1% in the same period last year, customs figures show. Photo: Visual China
China has been struggling to secure enough supplies to meet the boom in demand for natural gas. Imports soared 24.9% year-on-year in the first 10 months of the year to 54.2 million tons, up from a pace of 21.1% in the same period last year, customs figures show. Photo: Visual China

China's consumption of natural gas has risen more than twice as quickly as it did last year as the government’s drive to replace coal with cleaner fuel boosted demand, a new report by the research arm of the country’s top oil producer showed.

A total of 167.6 billion cubic meters (35.3 billion cubic feet) was consumed in the first nine months of this year, 16.6% more than the same period in 2016, CNPC Economics and Technology Research Institute, part of China National Petroleum Corp., estimated in its report published on Wednesday. That compares with a growth rate of 7% in the same period last year, the institute’s data show.

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