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Japan’s September LNG Imports Rise 11%; Crude Purchases Fall

October 24, 2011

(Updates with table.)

Oct. 24 (Bloomberg) -- Japan’s imports of liquefied natural gas climbed 11 percent to 6.7 million metric tons in September from a year earlier, the finance ministry said.

Crude oil imports dropped 4.4 percent to 16.97 million kiloliters, while thermal-coal imports fell 3.9 percent to 8.25 million tons, the ministry said in a preliminary report today.

Power utilities increased thermal power generation by 11.9 percent in the month because of low operating rates at nuclear stations, according to data released by the Federation of Electric Power Companies of Japan. The utilization rate was at 20.6 percent, the lowest since the federation started compiling monthly data in April 1977, it said.

The following table shows Japan’s imports for September:

Note: Crude oil and gasoline are in millions of kiloliters. LNG, LPG and coal are in millions of tons.

--Editor: Ryan Woo.

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