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.

colin.shek@interfax.cn +86 (21) 6215 3902
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
Drilling at China's Fuling shale gas field

China’s shale gas optimism belies geological challenges

China is likely to miss an official shale gas output target for the second time in a row despite steady progress in recent years.

18 April 2018
Sinopec's Qingdao LNG terminal

New LNG investment needed soon as supply gap looms

Time is running out for companies to sanction new LNG export capacity if buyers and sellers want to avoid shortages next decade.

16 April 2018
Sinopec’s LNG terminal in Beihai, Guangxi. (Sinopec)

Gas import costs hit PetroChina and Sinopec earnings

Higher oil prices last year increased the cost of China’s oil-linked gas imports, which weighed on PetroChina’s and Sinopec’s results.

4 April 2018
Welding the first joint of Power of Siberia in September 2014. (Gazprom)

China in no rush for second major Russian gas deal

China’s readiness to sign new long-term gas supply contracts does not necessarily mean a second major gas deal is on the cards for Russia.

14 March 2018
Drilling for tight gas in Changbei, China.

China revives interest in tight gas subsidy

China may turn to subsidies to unlock even more output from its massive tight gas reserves, as Beijing looks to boost domestic gas production to meet soaring demand.

21 February 2018
Amos Hochstein was formerly the US special envoy for international energy affairs.

US-China LNG trade set for growth as demand booms

Houston-based Tellurian thinks the fastest-growing LNG market and the fastest-growing LNG supplier have ‘good compatibility’.

19 February 2018
An FSRU vessel.

FSRU firms must break ready-made mould – Mitsui

Ready-made FSRUs have won a reputation for flexibility and mobility, but the evolving requirements of LNG buyers mean tailor-made solutions will be needed.

7 February 2018
An artist’s rendering of the Jordan Cove plant.

US LNG paving the way for global gas market – Jera

LNG from the US, emerging as a dominant global producer, is giving rise to a globally integrated gas market, according to the head of Jera.

6 February 2018

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