Japan’s LNG imports stood at 48.40 million tonnes in the January-August period, up by 6.23 million tonnes compared to China. China is currently the world’s second-largest importer of LNG behind Japan but this could change this year. LNG imports totalled 5.96 million tonnes last month, data from the General Administration of Customs showed. China, the world’s largest energy consumer, is continuing to post higher monthly LNG imports and reported a 16.3 percent year-on-year increase in August. On the other side, China’s pipeline gas imports also increased by 8 percent to 3.40 million tonnes. But they are still down year-on-year in the nine-month period to 22.90 million tonnes. Q-Flex vessel at the ENN Zhoushan LNG terminal in China (Image: Qatargas) In the January-August period, the country imported 42.17 million tonnes of chilled fuel, a year-on-year rise of 10 percent.