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China reports steady growth in energy production in Q1
Last Updated(Beijing Time):2006-05-09 11:58
China has experienced a steady growth in energy production during the first quarter of this year,China Securities Journal said on Monday.

Quoting a report from the National Development and Reform Commission, the country's pricing watchdog, the paper said the nation's production of coal, power and oil increased by 12 percent,11.1 percent and 1.7 percent respectively.

The output of raw coal came to 431 million tons, while the coal industry's profits stood at 11.4 billion yuan (1.4 billion U.S. dollars, up 6.2 percent.

In the January-March period, China generated 606.8 billion kwhs of electricity, with thermal power and hydropower growing 10.8 percent and 15.7 percent. The electric power industry's profits rose by 51.1 percent to 21 billion yuan (2.6 billion dollars).

Meanwhile, China produced 45.45 million tons of crude and imported 33.91 million tons, up 7.1 percent. The output of gasoline and diesel went up 3.1 percent and 6.1 percent respectively, and the output of natural gas hit 15.9 billion cubicmeters, a rise of 31.3 percent.

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