China warms to CTG to boost energy security

By Colin Shek 18 April 2017
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Work proceeds on the Datang Fuxin coal-to-gas plant in Inner Mongolia. (Fuxin government) Work proceeds on the Datang Fuxin coal-to-gas plant in Inner Mongolia. (Fuxin government)

The recent approval of a major pipeline for transporting coal-derived synthetic natural gas (SNG) in China is the latest sign that the controversial technology is back in favour with Beijing, after interest stalled amid concerns over cost and pollution risks.

China National Offshore Oil Corp. (CNOOC) said last week that the environmental impact assessment (EIA) for its first long-distance onshore pipeline had been approved by the Ministry of Environmental Protection (MEP).

The 20 billion cubic metre per year pipeline will transport SNG from coal-to-gas (CTG) projects in Inner Mongolia and Shanxi to Hebei and Tianjin. It will require investment of approximately RMB 21.06 billion ($3.05 billion).

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