China’s gas use may rise 10% in 2017

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CHINA’S natural gas consumption is expected to maintain double-digit growth in 2017 after signs of slowing over the past two years, a report said on Saturday.

China’s apparent consumption of natural gas may rise 10 percent year on year to 230 billion cubic meters this year, according to the report released at a forum on the country’s energy transition.

In the first half year, the apparent consumption of natural gas totaled 114.6 billion cubic meters, up 15.2 percent year on year, according to figures released by the National Development and Reform Commission, China’s top economic planner.

China’s efforts on pollution control, market reform and steady economic growth as well as improved energy consumption structure contributed to the growth, according to the report.

The report was jointly released by the National Energy Administration, Development Research Center of the State Council and Ministry of Land and Resources.

China has been promoting efficient, large-scale use of natural gas in industrial fuel, gas-fired power and transport sectors.

Natural gas consumption will be boosted to around 10 percent of the China’s energy mix by 2020 and 15 percent by 2030, the NDRC said.

In 2015, China’s natural gas consumption was 191 billion cubic meters, up only 5.7 percent on year — a 10-year low. Last year saw a 6.6 percent annual growth in gas consumption.

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