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China's natural gas consumption is growing in the first quarter amid corruption fight: Xinhua



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SHANGHAI (Reuters) – The natural gas in China grew gradually in the first quarter in the midst of the country's battle against air pollution, reported Xinhua Official News Agency.

The apparent use of natural gas rose by 11.6 per cent over the January-March period from a year earlier to 77 billion cubic meters, following a strong annual growth of 18.1 per cent in 2018, said Xinhua, identifying data from the Development Commission and National Reform (NDRC).

China released a three-year action plan in 2018 to fight pollution, with the aim of boosting the proportion of natural gas in its total primary energy consumption to 10 per cent by 2020, Xinhua reported.

According to a separate Xinhua article on Saturday, China used 76.9 million tonnes of oil to refine in the first quarter, up 0.4 per cent a year earlier.

Gasoline consumption rose 3.7 percent while the use of diesel was shed 4.1 percent during the same period, Xinhua said, also noted NDRC data.

Reporting by Samuel Shen and Andrew Galbraith; Edited by Stephen Coates

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