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* June throughput hit 46.08 mln T -stats bureau
* That was just short of December's peak
* Some independent plants have been raising output
BEIJING, July 17 (Reuters) - China's oil refineries increased throughput in June to their second highest on record, with some independent plants raising output even as state oil majors prepare to take drastic steps to cut production during the peak summer season.
Throughput last month reached 46.08 million tonnes, or 11.21 million barrels per day (bpd), a 2.3-percent rise year-on-year and up from May's 10.98 million bpd, data from the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) showed on Monday.
The number was just short of December's record-peak of 11.26 million bpd.
The higher throughput came after another month of strong crude oil imports and came as top refineries prepared to cut output in the third quarter.
For the first six months, refinery production in the world's second-largest fuel consumer gained 3 percent from a year earlier to 275.21 million tonnes, or about 11.1 million bpd.
The NBS data on Monday also showed domestic crude oil output fell 2.3 percent last month versus a year ago to 16.21 million tonnes, or 3.94 million bpd, but up from May's 3.83 million bpd.
Output during the January-June period was down 5.1 percent on-year at about 3.89 million bpd.
Declines in China's crude oil output have slowed as major oil producers raised spending to boost production as oil prices stablized in a $48-$55 per barrel range, and analysts have forecast flat or positive production growth for calendar 2017.
Natural gas output climbed 14.6 percent in June from a year earlier to 11.5 billion cubic meters (bcm), but marked the lowest level since October.
Natural gas production increased 8 percent from a year earlier to 74.1 bcm for the January-June period, the data showed.
China's gas consumption growth has been quickening since the start of this year after a nearly three-year lull, according to analysts, thanks to stronger demand from industrial and power sectors under a government push to wean them off their coal addiction. (Reporting by Cheng Fang and Dominique Patton; Editing by Joseph Radford)