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.

Fracking in Sichuan.

China’s OFS players gain from NOC spending hike

The country’s oilfield services companies are seeing strong growth as Beijing pushes state-owned oil and gas companies to boost upstream spending.

9 hours ago Asia Pacific / Exploration & Production
Gas pipeline infrastructure in Turkmenistan

PetroChina shows preference for cheap spot LNG over piped gas

PetroChina has ramped down its Central Asian piped imports in recent months amid a prolonged slump in Asian spot LNG prices that has made the fuel more attractive.

5 days ago Asia Pacific / LNG
Beijing, China.

Cities buck trend amid slowdown in Chinese gas demand growth

Gas demand and imports saw relatively weak growth in China in June, but city-gas demand continued to perform strongly.

15 July 2019 Asia Pacific / Supply & Demand
An ENN city gas storage facility

Policy clarity lifts cloud over China’s city gas distributors

The outlook for China’s city gas distribution companies has improved after the central government issued guidance for the regulation of a key revenue source.

12 July 2019 Asia Pacific / Policy & Regulation
CBM drilling in Shanxi.

China tweaks subsidies to up ante on unconventionals

The government’s new scheme will reward producers that boost output and penalise those that underperform as China seeks to curtail its dependence on imports.

8 July 2019 Asia Pacific / Policy & Regulation
A tanker at the Yamal LNG plant

Novatek gearing up for liberalisation of China’s gas market

With plans to establish a foothold in China already in motion, Russia’s largest private gas producer wants to broaden its Chinese customer base from the NOCs to smaller players.

4 July 2019 Asia Pacific / LNG
A platform in the Troll field.

Brent benchmark shake-up puts LNG market at risk of disruption

Potential changes intended to buttress Brent’s status as the primary benchmark for global oil prices could have significant consequences for LNG.

2 July 2019 World / LNG
An Anadarko drillship of f the mozambican coast

Anadarko’s FID for Mozambique LNG no easy act to follow

Mozambique LNG is the first major greenfield project to be sanctioned this year, but Anadarko’s successful approach to FID may be difficult to emulate amid the looming transformation of the market.

28 June 2019 World / LNG
The Yamal LNG plant.

Novatek to pace itself with China venture

Novatek has ramped up LNG sales to China over the past year, but the company will take its time with moving any further into the Chinese gas market.

26 June 2019 Asia Pacific / LNG
Smog in Beijing.

China’s NOCs leading the way on low-carbon strategy

Climate and environmental initiatives have sent the pendulum swinging towards decarbonisation, forcing state energy players to prepare for a lower-emission future.

25 June 2019 Asia Pacific / Policy & Regulation
Rescuers search collapsed buildings in Changning county following the earthquake.

Deadly earthquake renews China’s fracking controversy

The quake has triggered fresh questions about fracking from the public, but China’s NOCs need to keep producing shale gas if they are to hit their gas output targets.

20 June 2019 Asia Pacific / Exploration & Production
Semi-submersible drilling platforms in Yantai, Shandong province.

China's economic downturn could severely dent energy players

Oil and gas is one of the economic sectors in China most vulnerable to a severe deceleration in growth, as reduced demand for commodities could take place in tandem with a fall in energy prices.

17 June 2019 Asia Pacific / Companies & Finance
Artist's impression of ENN's LNG bunker vessel

ENN faces fight to promote LNG bunkering in China

ENN will be able to offer LNG bunkering next year after it takes delivery of China’s first seagoing LNG bunker vessel, but uptake of the fuel in Chinese shipping is far from guaranteed.

14 June 2019 Asia Pacific / LNG
Novatek's Yamal LNG project.

Novatek’s China foray aims to unlock long-term demand

The Russian independent wants to find more Chinese customers for its LNG as part of efforts to build a presence in the downstream end of the world’s fastest-growing gas market.

10 June 2019 Asia Pacific / Supply & Demand
The USS John McCain off the coast of Singapore in 2017.

China turns to alternatives as US trade spat escalates

Energy security has jumped to the top of the political agenda in Beijing as China prepares for an escalation of its trade spat with the US.

3 June 2019 Asia Pacific / LNG
The Dapeng LNG terminal

Hotter summer may see China’s power utilities sweat for LNG

Temperatures across parts of China are forecast to be higher than historical averages this summer, which may encourage local power utilities to seek third-party LNG cargoes to meet power generation demand.

28 May 2019 Asia Pacific / LNG
ENN city-gas storage tanks.

China gas distributors set for steady profitability

Gross margins on gas sales, an important driver of earnings growth for China’s gas distributors, will remain stable this year despite concerns they could be compressed by retail gas price cuts.

20 May 2019 Asia Pacific / Supply & Demand
ENN's Zhoushan terminal in China

Tariff hike leaves US-China LNG trade dead in the water

With no end to the US-China trade talks in sight, American access to the fastest-growing major LNG market will be curtailed for the foreseeable future.

16 May 2019 Asia Pacific / LNG
An LNG tanker at the Ningbo terminal

CNOOC ramps up Ningbo LNG imports to feed Zhejiang’s demand

CNOOC’s LNG terminal in Zhejiang province recorded a big jump in import volumes for the first four months of 2019, bucking relatively weak growth in China’s overall gas imports over the period.

13 May 2019 Asia Pacific / LNG
A new energy bus in Shanghai manufactured by Yutong.

China’s new bus policy clouds outlook for LNG fleet

LNG-powered buses are set to lose out after government agencies jointly announced a new policy that will encourage the use of ‘new energy buses’.

10 May 2019 Asia Pacific / Policy & Regulation

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