Pol­lu­tion will cause surge in gas im­ports

China Daily (Canada) - - NEWS CAPSULE -

China’s im­port of nat­u­ral gas is ex­pected to rise al­most 19 per­cent this year as air pol­lu­tion drives up de­mand for the clean­burn­ing fuel.

The na­tion’s re­liance on over­seas gas ex­ceeded 30 per­cent for the first time last year, ac­cord­ing to a re­port re­leased by CNPC Eco­nom­ics and Tech­nol­ogy Re­search In­sti­tute.

The re­port es­ti­mated that China’s gas im­ports will grow 18.9 per­cent this year to 63 bil­lion cu­bic me­ters.

Dai Ji­aquan, deputy head of the in­sti­tute, es­ti­mated that China’s GDP growth will be about 7.5 per­cent in 2014, which will mean a sta­ble rate of ex­pan­sion in en­ergy use.

“The vol­ume of im­ported gas ex­pe­ri­enced a marked in­crease last year, ris­ing 25 per­cent to 53 bil­lion cu­bic me­ters. Pipe­line gas ac­counted for 52.8 per­cent or 28 bil­lion cu­bic me­ters and liq­ue­fied nat­u­ral gas ac­counted for the rest,” said Duan Zhao­fang, a nat­u­ral gas ex­pert at the in­sti­tute.

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