(MENAFN) China's National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) stated that the country's production of natural gas in November grew 11.4 percent on-year to 9.8 billion cubic meters, reported Xinhua News.
The NDRC attributed the increase to the cold weather and the approach of winter that boosted demand, with the apparent consumption reaching 13.6 billion cubic meters.
In the January-November period, the country's output of natural gas gained 6.8 percent, reaching 97.6 billion cubic meters.
In November, China's imports of natural gas jumped 22 percent on annual basis to 3.8 billion cubic meters, whereas imports in the first 11 months surged 36.7 percent to 38.1 billion cubic meters.
At the current time, natural gas accounts for just 4.6 percent of China's primary-energy consumption, compared with the international average of 23.8 percent.
It is worth noting that China plans to raise its natural gas supply capacity to nearly 176 billion cubic meters, to reach 18 percent of the population by 2015.