Demand lifts LNG prices 6.4% in ChinaStaff Writer | December 26, 2017
China’s liquefied natural gas prices grew 6.4 percent in mid-December amid surging winter demand, the National Bureau of Statistics said yesterday.
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Demand nationwide, especially in north China, has surged in winter boosted by policies to promote the shift from burning coal to using gas for heating, “which has been faster than expected,” said Zhang Yuqing, former deputy director of the National Energy Administration.
Natural gas consumption in Jiangsu, Hebei, Shandong, Henan and Sichuan provinces, which have encouraged the switch from coal to gas, has grown more than 20 percent year on year in 2017, reported Shanghai Securities News.
Natural gas consumption grew 7 percent for the whole of 2016, data from the National Development and Reform Commission showed.
China suffered a supply shortage amid the rise in demand, prompting energy giants such as Sinopec and China National Petroleum Corp to accelerate exploration and import of natural gas to meet the growing domestic appetite.
Sinopec said yesterday that it will increase natural gas production by 1.1 million cubic meters per day in January by working at full capacity.
An official inspection has found about 5.6 percent of villages in north China’s 28 cities had reported a shortage of natural gas supply for winter heating.
Inspection teams in these cities that are located in or near the Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei region found that 426,000 households in 1,208 villages had faced natural gas shortage after their homes were heated with gas instead of coal, the Ministry of Environmental Protection said in an online statement. ■