August 23, 2017 / 6:07 AM / a year ago

China's July LNG imports rose to a six-month high as demand increased

BEIJING, Aug 23 (Reuters) - China’s July liquefied natural gas (LNG) imports nearly doubled from a year ago to 3.12 million tonnes, the highest volume since January, data from the General Administration of Customs showed on Wednesday.

For the first seven months of the year, LNG imports rose 45 percent from the same period a year ago to 19 million tonnes, the data showed.

Robust imports came as China expects natural gas consumption to rise by over 10 percent to 230 billion cubic meters this year, according to a Xinhua report.

Reporting by Meng Meng and Aizhu Chen; Editing by Christian Schmollinger

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