December import figures for No 4 global LNG importer India and No 5 Taiwan confirm the top five global buyers, all in Asia, imported a record 220.2mn tons of the super-cooled fuel in 2018.

India took slightly less in December than previously indicated for a 2018 total of 22.3mn tons, up 19.4% on 2017’s previous record. But Taiwan had a bumper December, with its 2018 total of 16.9mn tons, up slightly on 2017’s previous high. Coupled with monthly record imports from China and Korea, December saw the highest ever monthly LNG trade volumes (see chart, MEES, 22 February). (CONTINUED - 1034 WORDS)