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.

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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
Chinese President Xi Jinping (right) and his US counterpart Donald Trump

China’s threat of tariffs on US gas potentially bluster

China’s threat to impose tariffs on US gas is likely to be empty rhetoric, as Beijing is keenly aware that it needs American LNG to drive an energy shift away from coal.

18 June 2018
Shale gas production in China.

China to miss out on US-style shale gale – analyst

China has so far failed to spark a shale gas revolution despite several years of state investment, and one analyst thinks a US-style boom will never happen.

11 June 2018
An LNG terminal in China

US terminals could be boon for China’s gas sector

China’s gas sector stands to benefit if Beijing permits US companies to build LNG terminals in the country, but interested developers would have to accept significant risk.

31 May 2018
A Chinese gas storage facility

China calls for more prudent storage construction

Gas companies and local governments in China have been ordered to stop building small-scale storage depots in disparate locations.

29 May 2018
ENN city gas storage cylinders

China price reforms march on with residential overhaul

China’s economic planner will harmonise wholesale gas prices next month in a move that should boost supply and consumption.

25 May 2018
A convoy of tanker trucks hauling LNG from Guanghui’s plants

China LNG sellers face fight to win back buyers

Chinese energy consumers will need to be persuaded that they can rely on domestic LNG supplies after a price shock last winter made the fuel unaffordable.

8 May 2018
The second West-East pipeline, which ends in Shanghai

Local Chinese distributors pursue regional roles

The main gas players in the major Chinese cities of Shanghai and Guangzhou want to play a bigger role in their respective regions.

2 May 2018
The Incheon LNG terminal

New LNG buyers emerge to take Japan-Korea role

New LNG importers are emerging to help export projects get off the ground – assuming the role historically held by Japanese and South Korean firms.

26 April 2018
The Beihai LNG terminal in China

Long-term China gas outlook to buoy LNG suppliers

China’s growing gas consumption has ushered in a ‘golden age’ of LNG demand, experts say.

25 April 2018

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