China set to top Japan as world’s biggest natural gas importer

3 Jan 2018   China, LNG

Beijing’s crackdown on pollution has put China on track to overtake Japan this year as the world’s biggest importer of natural gas, used to replace dirtier coal. China – already the biggest importer of oil and coal – is the world’s third biggest user of third-biggest behind the United States and Russia, but has to import around 40 percent of its total needs as domestic production can’t keep up with demand. Data compiled from the Thomson Reuters Eikon terminal indicates China’s 2017 imports of pipeline gas and liquefied natural gas (LNG) will top 67 million tonnes, up by more than a quarter from a year earlier. LNG imports alone surged more than 50 percent. The data, which includes LNG tanker arrivals to China and pipeline monthly import flow estimates, is preliminary as December figures are not yet available. China still lags Japan, with gas annual […]

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