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IEA sees Golden Age for China gas as demand will double

Chinese gas demand will double over the next five years due to a commitment to clean up the country's pollution

China's campaign to clean its smog-filled skies will usher a new 'golden age of gas' for the country as demand doubles over the next five years, the International Energy Agency says in its latest Medium-Term Gas Market. China became the world's third-largest gas consumer in 2013 behind the US and Russia after demand surged 13%, or around 20 billion cubic metres (cm), to 166bn cm. Yet gas remains a relatively small part of China's overall energy mix, accounting for just 5% of overall energy consumption. It is also still a relatively small player on the global market, with China's gas demand accounting for just 4% of global demand, compared to around 11% of global oil demand and much higher le

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