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China’s June LNG imports surge

China, the world’s largest energy consumer, boosted its imports of liquefied natural gas by 29.2 percent in June.

Q-Flex vessel at the ENN Zhoushan LNG terminal in China
Q-Flex vessel at the ENN Zhoushan LNG terminal in China (Image: Qatargas)

LNG imports totalled 5.79 million tonnes last month, data from the General Administration of Customs showed on Thursday.

In the January-June period, the country imported 31.18 million tonnes of chilled fuel, a year-on-year rise of 10.2 percent.

On the other side, China’s pipeline gas imports dropped 15 percent to 2.54 million tonnes.

In the six-month period, piped imports reached 17.18 million tonnes, down 7.4 percent, the data shows.

China is currently the world’s second-largest importer of LNG behind Japan but this could change this year.

Japan’s January-June LNG imports dropped 5.7 percent to 36.40 million tonnes as the Covid-19 pandemic stopped economic activity.

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