In this May 24, 2016 photo, two workers inspect equipment at a dehydration station of Fuling shale gas project in southwest China's Chongqing municipality. (PHOTO / XINHUA)
Natural gas consumption surged 18.1 percent to 280.3 billion cubic meters last year, according to the National Development and Reform Commission.
The growth accelerated from a rise of 15.3 percent registered in 2017.
China has been promoting efficient, large-scale use of natural gas in the industrial fuel, gas-fired power and transport sectors.
The country aims to make natural gas consumption account for around 10 percent of the country's energy mix by 2020 and 15 percent by 2030.
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