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Jan 18, 2019 08:12 PM
BUSINESS & TECH

China’s Natural Gas Consumption Grew 16% Last Year

A liquefied natural gas receiving station is seen in Beihai, the Guangxi Zhuang autonomous region, on July 22. Photo: VCG
A liquefied natural gas receiving station is seen in Beihai, the Guangxi Zhuang autonomous region, on July 22. Photo: VCG

China’s natural gas consumption ballooned by 16.6% last year to 276.6 billion cubic meters (9.77 trillion cubic feet), a new report shows, with imported gas making up the lion’s share of growth as demand races ahead of domestic production.

The increase comes as the government pushes ahead with its efforts to boost natural gas’s share of the country’s energy mix in order to reduce reliance on highly polluting coal, particularly for heating the country’s north during the winter months.

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