China’s natural gas production increased by 9.4% year-on-year in June to an average of 15.2 billion cubic meters (Bcm), according to the National Bureau of Statistics of China (NBS).
The latest monthly data showed domestic gas output was also 4.4% lower than the 15.9 Bcm produced in May, Kallanish Energy reports.
Production volumes were up 8.8% in the first half of the year at 94 Bcm, compared with 86.4 Bcm in H1 2019,
On Friday, China’s National Energy Administration (NEA) said energy consumption had “rebounded significantly” in the second quarter, with gas demand exceeding last year’s volume for the same period.
“Gas consumption was relatively less affected by the pandemic. In the first quarter it declined slightly year-on-year and then recovered steadily,” the NEA said in an online press conference.
The agency also said construction works of the Sino-Russian Eastern Route gas pipeline have been accelerated to ensure that the middle section of the pipeline is completed and put into operation by the end of November.
The government has also approved a cross-ministry plan to promote gas storage capacity building and speed up construction of LNG storage and transport system in the Bohai Rim region.
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