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.

Email: colin.shek@interfax.cnPhone: +86 (21) 6215 3902
Sinopec’s Jianghan Drilling well drilling team. (Sinopec)

Key players to shun China’s latest shale auction

China’s first auction of a shale gas exploration licence in nearly four years is not expected to draw significant interest from the country’s NOCs.

31 July 2017
China will struggle to hit its CBM output targets as investment in developing the unconventional gas lags behind shale and other sources.

Low investment clouds China CBM outlook

China will struggle to hit its CBM output targets as investment in developing the unconventional gas lags behind shale and other sources.

26 July 2017
Efforts to tackle air quality in China may have been underestimated. (Interfax)

China gas demand on pace for record growth in 2017

Demand for domestic and imported gas is rising faster than expected, putting China on track to boost consumption by a record amount this year.

17 July 2017
ENN storage facility. The company’s returns are below the cap. (ENN Energy)

Higher returns cap placates Chinese gas distributors

Lobbying by China’s urban gas distributors has paid off, after the Chinese government announced a more favourable limit on investment returns.

28 June 2017
Inside WEP II. China’s oil and gas majors must separate out their pipeline businesses. (CNPC)

China treading cautiously on oil and gas reforms

China’s recently released guidelines for oil and gas reform have been criticised for failing to move the needle, but one expert argues they’ve fulfilled their purpose.

21 June 2017
JOVO’s terminal is not connected to China’s pipeline network, so the LNG is trucked to end-users. (JOVO)

JOVO blazes trail for China with landmark offload

The group’s successful ship-to-ship transfer of LNG could allow it to import the fuel from a wider variety of sources.

12 June 2017
An ENN storage facility. The company is assessing the effects of proposed government reforms. (ENN Energy)

Chinese distributors play down impact of returns cap

China’s biggest city gas operators say recent regulatory uncertainty will not have a major impact on their operations.

5 June 2017
The Kenai LNG plant in Alaska. The state is hoping to supply LNG to Chinese buyers. (ConocoPhillips)

Finance issues loom as new China LNG buyers emerge

Chinese LNG buyers are joining the global shift towards shorter supply contracts, but this strategy could backfire in the long run.

22 May 2017
Tianjin LNG terminal. China has received a total of nine cargoes from the US so far. (CNOOC)

Industry plays down China’s demand for US LNG

Last week’s agreement between the US and China has paved the way for increasing LNG trade between the two countries, but a boom in US exports is not expected anytime soon.

17 May 2017
Laying the second West-East Pipeline. Efforts to increase third-party access have made little progress. (CNPC)

Beijing struggles to promote direct gas pricing

Beijing is keen to see more buyers and sellers negotiate gas costs as part of pricing reforms, but vested interests are thwarting the plans.

15 May 2017
CNOOC’s Putian LNG terminal. China is open to increasing its US LNG imports if the price is right. (CNOOC)

Cautious China mulls US LNG import ramp-up

Chinese importers continue to look past US projects for LNG supply, but interest in American volumes is picking up.

8 May 2017
The Amu Darya gas project in Turkmenistan. Supplies to China from the country have dipped recently. (CNPC)

China hits pause on Uzbek imports in first quarter

A stoppage in Uzbek volumes and lower Turkmen transmissions dragged down China’s pipeline imports for the second quarter in a row in Q1.

3 May 2017
The Sanjiao CBM project operated by Sino Oil & Gas in Shanxi. (Sino Oil & Gas)

CNOOC warms to foreigners in CBM tender

CNOOC is welcoming foreign participation in its first-ever tender of onshore CBM acreage as it seeks outside help for its unconventional gas ambitions.

2 May 2017
Work proceeds on the Datang Fuxin coal-to-gas plant in Inner Mongolia. (Fuxin government)

China warms to CTG to boost energy security

After cooling on the controversial process in 2014-2015, it seems coal-to-gas is back on the agenda for Beijing.

18 April 2017
Laying the second West-East Pipeline. PetroChina may further reform its pipeline assets. (CNPC)

China’s gas giants gear up for big budget boost

After paring back budgets for the past three years, China’s state oil groups plan to resume capital spending amid firmer energy prices.

3 April 2017
ENN has said its tariffs are negotiated commercially with customers, and it is happy to comply with the SAIC. (ENN)

China city gas faces market abuse crackdown

China’s biggest city gas distributors are confident of not getting caught up in a crackdown on anticompetitive practices in utility markets, which will include the city gas sector.

1 June 2016
Chinese President Xi Jinping at the China-Africa summit in Johannesburg, South Africa, in December 2015. (PA)

Mozambique’s Great Gas Road

A $6 billion project for a gas pipeline from southern Mozambique to South Africa looks more feasible with Chinese financing, but do the economics stack up?

14 March 2016
A Chinese shale gas liquefaction plant. The country looks set to miss its shale output target. (Jereh Oilfield Services)

China’s gas demand crunch is cause for concern

China’s unexpectedly soft gas demand has changed the dynamics of the global gas market this year, and its potential as a future growth-driver is uncertain.

22 December 2015
BG Group Chief Executive Helge Lund: the oil price crash has ‘prompted us to confront the brutal facts’. (BG Group)

Oil and gas business model is ‘unsustainable’ – BG head

Speaking at Gastech in Singapore, Helge Lund said the oil and gas industry must confront the ‘brutal facts’ and develop a sustainable business model.

27 October 2015
BG Group’s Methane Kari Elin delivers first LNG to Singapore’s LNG terminal in 2013. (BG Group)

Singapore plans secondary trading market as hub emerges

Singapore will look to European countries such as Belgium and the UK for guidance in establishing a domestic gas trading market, as it looks to pull ahead in the race to become Asia’s main gas hub.

26 October 2015

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