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 Beihai LNG terminal.

China’s slowing economy to drag on gas demand growth

After two years of stellar growth, China’s gas demand looks set to expand at a slower rate in 2019 in line with a stuttering economy.

17 January 2019
A storage tank at Ningbo LNG terminal.

China weathers winter demand season with no shortages in sight

China's gas supply and demand have been in balance so far this winter, reflecting extensive preparations by government and industry to avoid another season of shortages.

14 January 2019
CNOOC's Ningbo LNG terminal.

China’s LNG imports set to end 2018 on a new high

The volume of LNG entering China looks to have climbed to a new monthly record in December as the government maintained its aggressive gasification drive.

7 January 2019
Leaders at the G20 summit in Argentina

US-China thaw offers moment of calm for LNG sector

The recent easing of US-China trade tensions will calm the LNG industry for now, but how long the truce will last remains to be seen.

14 December 2018
The Pluto LNG plant in Australia

Woodside may explore China LNG terminal investment

Woodside would consider investing in a Chinese LNG terminal if the right deal came along, Chief Executive Peter Coleman tells Interfax Natural Gas Daily.

13 December 2018
The Incheon LNG terminal in South Korea.

LNG prices pose long-term problem for Asian buyers

LNG in Asia needs to be priced considerably cheaper than it is now for the fuel to stand a chance of making in-roads into the region’s energy mix in the long term.

5 December 2018
CNOOC’s Putian LNG terminal in Fujian province.

Winter preparations slow China’s LNG import growth

China’s LNG demand growth has slowed since August as extensive preparations to avoid gas shortages this winter have curbed the need for significant additional supplies.

28 November 2018
City gas storage  tanks in China.

End of Chongqing fee fuels fears for China city gas sector

Chongqing’s recent proposal to scrap a nearly 20-year-old fee intended to support local pipeline construction has triggered alarm in the burgeoning city gas sector.

22 November 2018
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

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