Japan imported the most LNG globally in 2016 with 83.3 million tonnes per year, according to latest report of the International Gas Union (IGU) on Monday.
The report noted that for the third consecutive year, global LNG trade set a new record, reaching 258 million tonnes.
This marks an increase of 13.1 million tonnes, a 5 percent increase from 2015.
South Korea followed Japan with 33.7 million tonnes in LNG imports and China ranked third with 26.8 million tonnes.
Turkey ranked ninth globally with 5.6 million tonnes of LNG imports.
- Qatar ranked as leading exporter
The country that exported the largest amount of LNG worldwide last year was Qatar with 77.2 million tonnes.
Australia followed with 44.3 million tonnes and Malaysia with 25.9 million tonnes.
Nigeria was the fourth biggest LNG exporting country on the list, while Indonesia was the fifth and Algeria was the sixth.
The report noted that Turkey's first ever Etki Liman floating storage re-gasification unit (FSRU), which began operations in January 2017, was the latest LNG terminal globally to become operational.
The Etki Liman FSRU, named the GDF Suez Neptune, has 145 thousand cubic meters of storage capacity and is expected to contribute to Turkey's output by producing more than 2.5 billion cubic meters (bcm) of natural gas per year.
Countries that import most LNG (share and quantity) - Countries that export LNG the most (share and quantity)
Japan - 32.3 percent - 83.3 million tonnes - Qatar - 29.9 percent - 77.2 million tonnes
South Korea- 13.1 percent - 33.7 million tonnes - Australia - 17.2 percent - 44.3 million tonnes
China - 10.4 percent - 26.8 million tonnes - Malaysia - 9.7 percent - 25.9 million tonnes
India - 7.4 percent - 19.2 million tonnes - Nigeria - 7.2 percent - 18.6 million tonnes
Taiwan - 5.8 percent - 15 million tonnes - Indonesia - 6.4 percent - 16.6 million tonnes
Spain - 3.8 percent - 9.9 million tonnes - Algeria - 4.5 percent - 11.5 million tonnes
The U.K. - 2.9 percent - 7.4 million tonnes - Russia - 4.2 percent - 10.8 million tonnes
Egypt - 2.8 percent - 7.3 million tonnes - Trinidad and Tobago - 4.1 percent - 10.6 million tonnes
Turkey- 2.2 percent - 5.6 million tonnes - Oman - 3.2 percent - 8.1 million tonnes
France - 2.2 percent - 5.6 million tonnes - Papua New Guinea - 2.9 percent - 7.4 million tonnes
By Murat Temizer