Colin Shek

China editor

Colin Shek directs editorial coverage of China's natural gas sector as the China news editor, and is also the Shanghai bureau chief for Interfax news agency. He joined the bureau in late 2010 and has reported on several industries in China including technology, telecommunications, media and agriculture. In the UK, he was a corporate finance journalist for a business-to-business magazine in Birmingham. +86 (21) 6215 3902
The Dapeng LNG terminal

IEA lifts China demand forecast to new highs

The IEA has added its weight to the growing hype over China’s long-term gas potential, with the agency’s latest forecasts the most bullish yet.

14 November 2018
The Qingdao

China’s state LNG buyers feel pinch of higher oil prices

Higher oil prices have pushed up the cost of long-term LNG supplies for China’s state-backed importers just as the Chinese gas market gears up for its peak demand season.

12 November 2018
Chinese President Xi Jinping at the Shanghai Expo opening ceremony

China to see two decades of rapid gas demand growth

A flurry of recent forecasts from industry experts has shored up faith that China’s massive gasification campaign will more than double the country's gas demand over the next 20 years.

8 November 2018
A project in Turkmenistan that feeds the Central Asia-China Pipeline

Iran mulls Central Asian gas swaps to supply China

Iran wants to supply China through swap agreements with Central Asian nations that already export pipeline gas to the world’s fastest-growing gas market.

1 November 2018
An artist’s rendering of the LNG Canada project.

LNG Canada breaking new ground for export projects

The LNG Canada project's unique path to FID could prove difficult for other developers to follow.

31 October 2018
The Freeport LNG plant in the US

Tellurian unfazed by China’s 10% tariffs on US LNG

The company’s leadership is confident its Driftwood LNG project will be able to avoid the impact of China’s tariffs on US shipments.

30 October 2018
The Golar Spirit LNG carrier in Brazil

LNG market facing looming tanker shortage – IEA

The shipping industry is emerging as a weak link in the LNG supply chain, as a lack of new tankers could constrict supplies.

22 October 2018
An LNG terminal in China

Petronas to auction LNG cargo on Chinese exchange

The Malaysian NOC will become the first foreign firm to sell an LNG cargo on one of China’s two oil and gas exchanges, a landmark that could enable more Chinese companies to access imported LNG.

26 September 2018
The Dalian LNG terminal in China

Reality bites as China imposes smaller US LNG tariffs

China’s smaller-than-feared tariff on US LNG imports gives Beijing room to use the fuel as a weapon in the ongoing trade war.

21 September 2018
CNOOC’s Dapeng LNG terminal

CNOOC’s import slot auction gets mixed reception

The winner of China’s first LNG import slot auction will have only a handful of weeks to arrange a cargo to be delivered during the slot window.

17 September 2018
A Sinopec  shale well.

Chinese NOCs to lift domestic output after Xi order

China’s three NOCs have talked up plans to boost their oil and gas output after Chinese President Xi Jinping called on them to enhance energy security.

3 September 2018
CNOOC’s Tianjin LNG terminal

China unlikely to drop threat of tariffs on US LNG

China is expected to follow through on its threat to impose tariffs on US LNG, betting on extensive preparations and improved market liquidity to see it through the winter demand season.

20 August 2018
An LNG carrier being unloaded at PetroChina’s Tangshan LNG terminal

More LNG berths for north China but demand unclear

An aggressive push to boost LNG import infrastructure around China’s Bohai Bay could saddle the region with surplus capacity if future gas demand is underwhelming.

15 August 2018
Chinese gas storage tanks

PetroChina eyes price hikes to curb winter demand

China’s top gas supplier could hike prices significantly across the board this winter as it looks to manage demand amid sustained coal-to-gas switching.

13 August 2018
The Tianjin LNG terminal

China to pay for targeting LNG in US trade dispute

China’s latest salvo in its trade dispute with the US shows Beijing is digging in for a long fight, but the move could end up costing Chinese importers.

6 August 2018
A tanker docked at the Sabine Pass LNG plant in the US

Trio tipped to lead second wave of US LNG projects

Only three facilities among the ‘second wave’ of proposed US LNG export projects are likely to gain final approval from FERC by this time next year.

30 July 2018
CNOOC’s Fujian LNG terminal

CNOOC warms up to open access for LNG terminals

China’s top LNG importer has publicly set out when it will open access to its terminals, as it looks to move in lockstep with reforms to liberalise the Chinese gas market.

23 July 2018
The breakwater of the Colombo Port City in Sri Lanka, part of the BRI.

Risks in view as China’s Belt and Road rolls on

The number of Belt and Road infrastructure projects is growing, but the political and credit risks are becoming more evident as investors scramble to join Beijing’s initiative.

2 July 2018
An LNG tanker at a Chinese terminal

Era of bargain LNG deals over for China’s buyers

The window of opportunity for China’s LNG buyers to secure the best terms for new deals has passed, according to one importer.

27 June 2018
A rig in the Liwan field.

CNOOC’s Lingshui project facing market bottleneck

CNOOC could struggle to find an outlet for volumes from its first self-operated deepwater gas project in the South China Sea, as the nearest key market is already spoilt for choice.

25 June 2018

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