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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.

ENN Energy city gas facilities.

ENN reshuffle aims to challenge market power of Chinese NOCs

The change in ownership of ENN Energy Holdings represents the start of an effort to build an integrated gas major in China better suited to competing in a liberalised market.

2 days ago Asia Pacific / Policy & Regulation
Vladimir Putin and Alexei Miller. (Kremlin)

Russia backs Mongolian route to boost exports to China

A pipeline transiting Mongolia has commercial logic and the political backing of Moscow and Ulaanbaatar but could be a tough sell to China, which may prefer a western route.

5 days ago Asia Pacific / Pipelines, Storage & Power
An illuminated LNG tanker

PetroChina flags LNG trading ambitions in Pakistan tender

PetroChina’s involvement shows how Chinese gas companies are expanding their roles as LNG traders by engaging in transactions in Asia.

9 September 2019 Asia Pacific / LNG
Construction of China's WEP 2

Clock ticking on China’s long-awaited pipeline reform

Time is running out for China to kickstart the process of establishing a national pipeline company this year as Asia’s largest gas market is approaching its busiest season.

6 September 2019 Asia Pacific / Policy & Regulation
PetroChina infrastructure at the Tulia oilfield

China’s NOCs increase production amid US trade spat

Gas production growth shined at China’s big three state energy giants in the first half of this year as they heeded the Chinese leadership’s call to boost domestic output.

2 September 2019 Asia Pacific / Exploration & Production
Chinese gas storage tanks

China’s gas demand rebounds to calm slowdown fears

China’s gas demand got back on track last month with the strongest annual growth seen in months, easing fears over a sharp decline in growth amid the US-China trade spat and higher domestic prices.

29 August 2019 Asia Pacific / Supply & Demand
The Haiyang Dizhi 8 survey ship.

US weighs in on renewed China-Vietnam tensions in South China Sea

Energy relations between the United States and China have deteriorated further after Washington condemned Chinese exploration in disputed waters offshore Vietnam.

27 August 2019 Asia Pacific / Exploration & Production
An LNG terminal in China

Shenzhen Gas expands supply options with new LNG terminal

Local distributor Shenzhen Gas has become the latest company beyond China’s big three state-owned LNG importers to operate a regasification terminal.

19 August 2019 Asia Pacific / LNG
Gas production in China.

Slowdown in Chinese gas output offset by imports

China's gas production increased by only 6% in July, but extra imports of LNG and pipeline gas compensated for the decline.

15 August 2019 Asia Pacific / Supply & Demand
A gas flare at China's Fuling field.

CNPC targets Sichuan in gas production drive

The state energy giant is ramping up output in the province, reflecting a broader move to strengthen energy security in the wake of China’s trade spat with the US.

12 August 2019 Asia Pacific / Exploration & Production
The Ningbo LNG terminal in China.

Asian LNG price slump shows little sign of abating

Slowing demand in Asia and rising global supplies look set to keep prices down until 2021.

5 August 2019 Asia Pacific / LNG
President Trump at the Cameron LNG plant.

Trump ratchets up trade tensions to put China out of reach for US LNG

Donald Trump took to Twitter on Thursday to beat the trade war drum, shattering a truce reached with Chinese President Xi Jinping a month ago and darkening the outlook for the second wave of US LNG projects.

2 August 2019 Asia Pacific / LNG
A Chinese delegate at the G20 Summit in Osaka

Beijing mulls energy independence as US-China trade talks resume

A new round of talks in Shanghai this week is not expected to break the deadlock in the trade war, and a prolonged standstill could bolster China’s plans for US-style energy independence.

29 July 2019 Asia Pacific / Policy & Regulation
A tanker in Alaskan waters

Chinese agreement expiration to put Alaska LNG on ice

Alaska LNG’s developer will allow an agreement with Chinese backers to expire – a sign that the massive project has lost momentum amid the escalating US-China trade war.

26 July 2019 Americas / LNG
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.

22 July 2019 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.

17 July 2019 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

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