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China’s coal-to-gas output to disappoint next year

China’s output of synthetic natural gas from coal is set to fall far short of government hopes next year, as existing projects wrestle with cost overruns and technical problems.
By Li Xin 22 September 2014 Asia Pacific / Exploration & Production 0 13654

China’s output of synthetic natural gas (SNG) from coal is set to fall far short of government hopes next year, as existing projects wrestle with cost overruns and technical problems.

China will produce 4-6 billion cubic metres of coal-based SNG in 2015 – less than half of the 15-18 bcm proposed by the National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) in 2012, said Li Guang, a researcher from PetroChina’s Planning and Engineering Institute.

However, Li forecast output would reach 40-60 bcm by 2020 as a result of large...