Breakdown by country (bcm)

World

10%

Major increase in gas consumption in the US (half of world increase).

The United States and China pulled worldwide natural gas consumption upwards (+5%)

Global gas consumption accelerated in 2018, spurred by the US and China, which accounted for around two thirds of the additional consumption. US gas demand grew by 10% in 2018, the highest growth seen in the past 30 years, spurred by the power sector (+15 GW of new gas-fired power plants) and by buildings.
Gas consumption also accelerated in China (+18%) in line with its coal-to-gas substitution policy in the power and heating sector. Growth was also seen in India and South Korea thanks to sustained economic growth. However, consumption declined in Japan, as the restart of nuclear reactors reduced the needs for gas-fired power generation.
Gas consumption also continued to grow steadily in Russia (though at a slower pace than in 2017) and accelerated in Canada, Iran and Algeria.
Despite the economic growth, gas consumption declined in Europe – especially in Turkey, France, Germany and Italy – owing to higher temperatures, improved nuclear and hydropower availability as well as rising renewable power generation.

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