LNG im­ports rise by 38.3%

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CHINA in­creased liq­ue­fied nat­u­ral gas (LNG) im­ports in the first half of 2017, as part of an ef­fort to clean up its coal-dom­i­nated en­ergy mix. The LNG chan­nelled into the world’s big­gest en­ergy con­sumer rose 38.3 per­cent year-on-year to 15.89 mil­lion tons in the Jan­uary-June pe­riod, ac­cord­ing to data re­leased by the Gen­eral Ad­min­is­tra­tion of Cus­toms yes­ter­day. The growth rate is higher than the 21.2 per­cent in­crease reg­is­tered in the same pe­riod last year, partly en­cour­aged by the low­er­ing pol­icy bar­ri­ers for LNG from the US to en­ter the Chi­nese mar­ket. The coun­try had al­ready im­ported 400 000 tons of US gas in the first five months, in sharp con­trast to zero a year ago. – Xin­hua

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