Japan’s ten regional power utilities consumed a record 4.81 million tonnes of liquefied natural gas (LNG) in August, a rise of 15.4 per cent from a year earlier through gas being burned to offset a fall in nuclear power generation.

Utilities produced 84.18 TWh in August, a drop of 12.1 per cent from a year earlier, according to figures from the Federation of Electric Power Companies of Japan.

This fall was the biggest ever year-on-year percentage decline for August, and results from energy saving measures to help avert power outages. Power production at Tokyo Electric Power Co (Tepco), which accounted for 30 per cent of the total output, fell a record 17.7 per cent from a year earlier.

After the tsunami in March that crippled Tepco’s Fukushima nuclear plant, utilities have boosted consumption of fossil fuels to supplement lost output from the reactors that have not been operating pending safety checks.

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