Japan’s liquefied natural gas imports rose 14.9 percent in April from a year earlier while crude purchases advanced 12.9 percent, according to the finance ministry.
LNG shipments from overseas climbed to 6.91 million metric tons, the ministry said in a preliminary report today. Imports of crude were 19.16 million kiloliters, or 4 million barrels a day, the data showed.
Utilities increased thermal power output by 45 percent in April to compensate for a drop in nuclear generation, according to data released May 16 by the Federation of Electric Power Companies of Japan. The average utilization rate for atomic plants was at 2 percent in the month, down from 51 percent a year earlier.
The following table shows Japan’s imports of crude, oil products, gas and coal for April:
============================================================= Year-on-Year Change Crude oil 19.157 12.9% Gasoline, Naphtha 2.057 -19.0% LNG 6.906 14.9% LPG 1.156 7.7% Coal 12.574 -2.5% (Thermal Coal) 7.068 7.0% ==============================================================
Note: Crude oil and gasoline are in millions of kiloliters. LNG, liquefied petroleum gas and coal are in millions of tons.
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