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China oil and gas output rises in Q1
April 29, 2013, 2:24 pm

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China’s crude oil and natural gas output rose slightly year on year in the first quarter of 2013, new data from the country’s top economic planner shows.

The National Development and Reform Commission said in a statement released Monday that crude oil production stood at 51.2 million tonnes in the first quarter, up 2.3 per cent from the same period last year.

The country refined 109.48 million tonnes of crude oil during the January-March period, up 4.4 per cent year on year, while refined oil products rose by 4.6 per cent to 67.34 million tonnes, the statement said.

In the first quarter, China’s natural gas output rose 6.2 per cent to 30.6 billion cubic metres, while natural gas imports surged 34.5 per cent to 13.2 billion cubic metres.

Apparent consumption of natural gas climbed 13.4 per cent year on year to 44.2 billion cubic metres, according to the statement.