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China to retrieve more natural gas

By Zhou Yan (China Daily)

10:46, January 12, 2012

Workers at a natural-gas field in Lianyuan, a city in Central China's Hunan province. China is using more natural gas as it works to reduce its emissions. (China Daily/Guo Guoquan)

Country to adopt system to curb energy use and reduce emissions

BEIJING - China's output of natural gas is expected to increase by 11 percent in 2012 to reach 113 billion cubic meters, the China Petroleum and Chemical Industry Federation said on Wednesday.

The country is expected to use more than 200 million tons of crude oil, an increase of 1.5 percent from the year before. And it is expected to produce about 280 million tons of diesel fuel and gasoline, an increase of 5 percent, the federation said.

Buoyed by strong domestic demand, the country's apparent consumption of crude oil - which includes domestic output and imports but excludes exports - is expected to amount to 480 million tons this year. That will be an increase of 5.3 percent from the year before.

The demand for natural gas will call for the use of 148.2 billion cu m of the fuel, an increase of 15.3 percent from a year ago, the China Petroleum and Chemical Industry Federation said.

The apparent consumption of crude oil is expected to increase by an average of 5 percent during each year of the 12th Five-Year Plan (2011-15). And the amount of natural gas used is expected to increase by an average of 19.4 percent a year during that time, said Li Shousheng, executive vice-president of the petroleum and chemical industry federation.

On Tuesday, figures from China's customs authority showed that China's economic slowdown dragged the growth rate for its crude oil imports to 6 percent in 2011. The year before, that rate had been 17.5 percent.

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