Energy in China

LNG-Generated Energy

To reduce air pollution and carbon dioxide emissions, the Chinese government is attempting to replace some of the country’s coal and oil use with natural gas. Natural gas accounted for only 4.9% of China’s total energy consumption in 2012, but large investments in domestic natural gas production and infrastructure, along with growing imports, are likely to underpin a significantly larger role in the future.

The Chinese government anticipates an increase in its natural gas share of total energy consumption to around 8% by the end of 2015 and 10% by 2020.

China’s natural gas consumption has outstripped domestic supply since 2007, triggering rising imports of both LNG and pipeline gas. China’s natural gas consumption rose at an average annual rate of 17% from 2003 through 2013, reaching nearly 5.7 Tcf in 2013.