Natural gas domestic consumption

Asia and Middle East countries pull natural gas consumption upwards (1.8%)

Breakdown by country (bcm)

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Fourth consecutive year of fall in Russian gas consumption.

Asia and Middle East countries pull natural gas consumption upwards (1.8%)

Gas demand increased mainly thanks to the rising penetration of gas in China and India, although the Chinese expansion was well below the historical track.
Natural gas consumption surged in Europe (UK, Germany, France, Italy) and in North America as a result of the closure of large coal-fired power generation capacity that has favoured a coal-to-gas switch in the power generation sector.
The Middle East countries continued to record dynamic trends, pulled up by the development of gas-fired power generating capacity.
Finally, the natural gas consumption recovery also resulted from a lower drop in Russia than over the past years, partly stemming from the end of the economic downturn.

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