Hong Kong’s largest electricity supplier CLP Holdings may increase fuel oil and coal consumption next year as it has been receiving insufficient gas from the Yacheng onshore field in the Hainan province of China.

CLP Power Hong Kong business strategy manager Rick Truscott told Bloomberg the company currently consumes 14 to 28 billion cubic metres of gas annually, and is expected to reduce the electricity generated from gas from 2012.

“Using ultra-low-sulfur fuel oil will allow us to have lower emissions,” Truscott said.

CLP has initiated talks to procure gas supplies from Turkmenistan and is proposing to buy liquefied natural gas in the short-term.

The company will conclude agreements to procure additional supplies by 2012.

CLP generates 40% of its electricity from coal, 30% from nuclear and 28% from gas.