Japan’s liquefied natural gas imports rose 16.8 percent in May from a year earlier while crude purchases advanced 7.1 percent, the finance ministry said.
LNG shipments from overseas climbed to 7.06 million metric tons, the ministry said in a preliminary report today. Imports of crude were 16.6 million kiloliters, or 3.37 million barrels a day, the data showed.
Utilities increased thermal power output by 34 percent in May to compensate for a drop in nuclear generation, according to data released June 13 by the Federation of Electric Power Companies of Japan. The average utilization rate for atomic plants was 2 percent in the month, down from 41 percent a year earlier.
The following table shows Japan’s imports of crude, oil products, gas and coal for May:
============================================================= Year-on-Year Change Crude oil 16.595 7.1% Gasoline, Naphtha 2.397 12.8% LNG 7.056 16.8% LPG 1.167 13.0% Coal 15.706 19.9% (Thermal Coal) 9.085 20.8% ==============================================================
Note: Crude oil and gasoline are in millions of kiloliters. LNG, liquefied petroleum gas and coal are in millions of tons.