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Australian dominance grows as China’s LNG imports rise

Australia increased its share of China’s LNG imports in Q1 2019 year on year, while China's LNG and pipeline imports both continued to grow at double-digit rates Australia increased its share of China’s LNG imports in Q1 2019 year on year, while China's LNG and pipeline imports both continued to grow at double-digit rates.
By Colin Shek 7 May 2019 Asia Pacific / Supply & Demand 0 34192
CNOOC's LNG terminal in Tianjin. (CNOOC Tianjin LNG)

China’s LNG imports rose by 21% year on year in Q1 2019, to 14.9 mt, according to data from the General Administration of Customs (GAC) compiled by Interfax. Australia continued to play a key role in meeting China’s LNG requirements, with a 41% share of imports over the three-month period – up from 37% a year earlier. 

Australia remained the largest supplier of LNG to China by far in the first three months of 2019, with exports of 6.18 mt, up by one-third from Q1 2018....