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Tokyo Electric Power Co. more than tripled its crude oil consumption in July after increasing use of thermal power generation to compensate for the earthquake-triggered closure of the world’s biggest nuclear power plant.

Tepco burned 171,057 kiloliters of oil last month, compared with 56,486 kl a year earlier, the Federation of Electric Power Companies of Japan said Wednesday. Its use of heavy fuel oil rose 59 percent and it burned 12 percent more coal and 14 percent more liquefied natural gas.

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