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China’s bid for cleaner air

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According to the latest Bloomberg report, China is becoming more dependent on overseas natural gas as it seeks to wean itself off coal.

The world’s largest energy user will increase imports of LNG by approximately 30% in 2017 as domestic production stagnates and the government pushes cleaner fuels in an effort to clear polluted skies.

Imported gas, including both seaborne and pipeline supplies, may account for about 40% of the country’s gas use by the end of this decade.

China’s possible rising reliance on imported natural gas, along with its plans to spend US$360 billion through the end of the decade on renewable energy generation, highlight the challenges facing the Chinese government in its bid to fight pollution.

China’s LNG purchases surged to a record in November to meet winter demand and avoid a repeat of last year’s shortages, which forced offices in Beijing to cut heating. Total gas imports climbed almost 22% in the first 11 months of this year while domestic output gained only 2.2%.

The nation is aiming to raise the share of less-polluting natural gas to 10% of its energy mix by 2020 from 6% last year.

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