Western Europe's gas use hits new peak

Natural gas consumption in Western Europe rose to a new peak in 1998, reported the European Union of the Natural Gas Industry (Eurogas), Brussels. Eurogas said preliminary estimates show consumption last year totaled more than 14,365 petajoules (12.88 tcf). This was 4.1% above 1997 levels and well above the previous record of 13,888 petajoules (12.46 tcf) in 1996 (see table). Eurogas attributed the rise to: strong increases in gas consumption for power generation, both by power companies and industrial customers for in-house generation; firm growth of gas consumption in the industrial sector; and a steady increase in the number of customers in all sectors. It said the increa...

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