China sees boom in US LNG as gas imports swell

The volume of US LNG delivered to China jumped in 2017 as part of a broader strengthening in Chinese gas imports The volume of US LNG delivered to China jumped in 2017 as part of a broader strengthening in Chinese gas imports.
By Colin Shek 29 January 2018 0 29297
Sinopec's LNG terminal in Beihai, Guangxi. Sinopec's LNG terminal in Beihai, Guangxi. (Sinopec)

Chinese LNG imports from the United States surged last year as Beijing scoured the globe for supplies to fuel its coal-to-gas switching campaign. The drive for gas saw China become the world’s second-biggest importer of LNG.

The US exported 1.51 mt to China in 2017, up by 661% from 2016, according to detailed data released by China’s General Administration of Customs last week. This meant the US, one of the world’s newest LNG sellers, was the sixth-biggest supplier to China for the year. American shipments peaked...

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