China consumed 167.7 billion cubic metres of gas in the first nine months of 2017, up by 18.4% year on year, according to the National Development and Reform Commission.
Production over the period increased by 10.8%, to 108.8 bcm, while imports jumped by 26.5%, to 64.4 bcm.
Consumption in September reached 17.3 bcm, up by 24.5% year on year, while production during the month rose to 11.0 bcm, an increase of 10.0%.
Imports in September surged by 42.3%, to 7.4 bcm.
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