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China to be top gas importer in 2019: IEA
    2018-06-28  08:53    Shenzhen Daily

CHINA will become the world’s top importer of natural gas next year, boosted by liquefied natural gas (LNG) purchases, as the economy grows and weans itself off coal-generated energy, the International Energy Agency (IEA) said late Tuesday.

In its Gas 2018 annual report, the IEA said Chinese demand for natural gas will rise by almost 60 percent between 2017 and 2023 to 376 billion cubic metres (bcm), including a rise in its LNG imports to 93 bcm by 2023 from 51 bcm in 2017.

Imports of LNG, natural gas super-chilled to liquid form so it can be transported around the world on vessels, will rise to 505 bcm by 2023 from 391 bcm last year, a rise of 114 bcm, including China’s 42 bcm growth.

Global LNG exports meanwhile will surge 30 percent by 2023 with the United States becoming the second-largest supplier in the world, compared to its negligible exports last year, thanks to the shale revolution that has transformed its energy markets.

China’s rise to the top spot next year as an importer of both piped gas and LNG will knock Japan into second place but they together with South Korea continue to dominate the markets.

China, Japan and South Korea imported 55 percent of the 391 bcm of LNG sold last year and will buy 48 percent of the 505 bcm of LNG sold in 2023.

When all of Asia is taken into account, LNG sales there will rise to 75 percent of all LNG sold globally from 72 percent last year.

The demand for LNG in the top three Asian buyers has been driven by policy as they move to the cleaner-burning energy source from coal-fired power plants.

In Japan, the Fukushima nuclear disaster accelerated demand after nuclear plants went offline.(SD-Agencies)

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