In 2017 China surpassed South Korea to become the world’s second-largest importer of LNG, according to data from IHS Markit and official Chinese government statistics, the EIA said. Driven by government policies designed to reduce air pollution, LNG imports increased by 1.6 Bcf/d in 2017, with monthly imports reaching 7.8 Bcf/d in December 2017.

China has been striving to transition away from dirty coal-fired electricity – natural gas is a cleaner alternative and the recent hike in worldwide production has lowered prices. China has also impl...


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