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Thailand raises H1 gas imports on higher demand, low domestic output

Hanoi — Thailand sharply raised natural gas imports by 35.1% year on year to 1.258 Bcf/d over January-June on the back of higher demand and lower domestic production, according to data released Wednesday by the Energy Policy and Planning Office.

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LNG imports surged 47% year on year to 330,000 Mcf/d in H1.

The remaining 928,000 Mcf/d was imported via pipelines from the Zawtika, Yadana and Yetakun fields in Myanmar, up 31.3% year on year, the data showed.

The Zawtika field in M9 block in the Gulf of Martaban, which began exporting gas to Thailand in August 2014, supplied an average 199,000 Mcf/d to Thailand in the first six months.

Thailand's H1 gas demand surged 5.3% year on year to 4.829 Bcf/d.

Gas-fired power plants led the rise, consuming 2.898 Bcf/d in H1, up 7% from H1 2014.

Gas separation plants consumed 943,000 Mcf/d in the first six months, up 1.5% year on year.

Thailand produced 3.895 Bcf/d of gas from its domestic fields in H1, down 5.9% year on year, the data showed.

Gas production from the Malaysia-Thailand Joint Development Area in the Gulf of Thailand fell 3.7% year on year to 687,000 Mcf/d in H1.

Output from the Arthit gas field, also in the Gulf of Thailand, fell 7.5% to 230,000 Mcf/d.

H1 output from the main field of Bongkot in the Gulf of Thailand, however, rose 2.2% year on year to 1.004 Bcf/d.

--Dao Dang Toan,
--Edited by Meghan Gordon,