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Japan power companies’ LNG consumption down 8% in May YOY

Japan power companies’ LNG consumption down 8% in May YOY

TOKYO: Japanese power companies consumed 3.57 million tonnes of liquefied natural gas (LNG) for power generation in May, down 8 percent from a year earlier, preliminary electricity data from the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry showed on Monday. Following is a table outlining usage of main fuel by type, but it excludes fuel used for in-house power generation. Units are in tonnes, kilolitre (kl), or 1,000 cubic metres. Consumption Unit May-17 Apr-17 May-16 coal t 7,796,681 7,720,360 7,276,412 fuel oil B, C kl 244,625 303,058 261,932 crude oil kl 86,140 128,487 182,071 LNG t 3,568,563 3,756,511 3,866,600 biomass t 1,131,187 1,202,672 1,011,450 blast furnace gas 1000m3 3,605,041 3,331,565 3,729,344 city gas 1000m3 364,986 381,341 328,289 The following table outlines fuel purchases by type.

Purchases Unit May-17 Apr-17 May-16 coal t 8,096,923 7,615,229 7,366,742 fuel oil B, C kl 266,338 358,698 259,359 crude oil kl 90,265 210,784 116,655 LNG t 4,012,921 4,558,807 3,722,856 biomass t 1,171,932 1,300,484 1,076,929 blast furnace gas 1000m3 3,605,041 3,331,565 3,728,894 city gas 1000m3 370,551 381,759 329,150 The following table lays out electricity generation, and the share in percent.

Units are in billion kWh. Renewable energy includes power generated from wind, solar, geothermal, biomass and waste. Power supplies (bln May-17 Apr-17 May-16 kWh) Power generated and 74.6 75.2 73.0 purchased Utilities’ power 65.3 (100%) 66.9 (100%) 65.8 (100%) generation Fossil fuel-fired 52.9 (81%) 54.9 (82%) 54.2 (82.4%) generation LNG 26.9 (41.1%) 28.6 (42.7%) 28.2(42.8%) coal 20.2 (31.0%) 20.1 (30%) 19.1(29.0%) oil 1.5 (2.3%) 2.2 (3.3%) 3.1(4.7%) hydro power 8.9 (13.6%) 8.6 (12.9%) 9.0(13.7%) renewable energy 2.7 (4.1%) 2.8 (4.1%) 2.3(3.5%) nuclear power 2.1 (3.2%) 1.9 (2.9%) 1.3(2.0%).