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Japan power firms’ Aug LNG consumption rises 8 pct y/y

Japanese power companies consumed 4.96 million tonnes of liquefied natural gas (LNG) for power generation in August, up 8 percent from a year ago due to a rise in gas-fired output in response to robust demand, preliminary electricity data from the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry showed.

Following is a table that outlines consumption of main fuels used in power generation by type, but excludes fuel used for in-house power generation. Units are in tonnes or kilolitre (kl).

Consumption        Unit      Aug 2018    Aug 2017
 coal               t       10,493,783  11,032,318
 fuel oil B, C      kl         235,189     294,430
 crude oil          kl         159,558      83,921
 LNG                t        4,964,343   4,607,320

The following table lays out the amount of electricity generation by fuel type, 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 kWh)      Aug 2018     Aug 2017
            Power firms' output   84.4 (100%)  82.2 (100%)
        hydro (includes pumped)   7.49 (8.9%)  8.7 (10.6%)
       Fossil fuel-fired output  71.15(84.3%)  69.0(83.9%)
                           coal  27.20(32.2%)  28.3(34.4%)
                            LNG  36.99(43.8%)  33.7(40.9%)
                            oil    2.97(3.5%)    2.3(2.8%)
               renewable energy   3.26 (3.9%)    2.9(3.5%)
                  nuclear power   4.09 (4.8%)    3.2(3.9%)

Source: Reuters (Reporting by Osamu Tsukimori; Editing by Sunil Nair)

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