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Japan’s gas consumption rates rise in November

Japan’s ten power firms burned more natural gas in November than a year earlier to generate electricity to make up for a fall in nuclear plant utilisation amid safety concerns in the wake of the Fukushima nuclear crisis, industry data has shown, according to Reuters.

The regionally dominant utilities burned 4.11 million tonnes of liquefied natural gas (LNG) last month compared with 3.08 million tonnes a year earlier, data from the Federation of Electric Power Companies of Japan showed.

They generated 72.05 billion kilowatt-hours of electricity in October, down 5.4 percent from a year earlier.

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