China advances pipeline reform with lower, clearer tariffs

China’s top economic planner has cut pipeline tariffs by an average of 15% and made pricing more transparent
By Tang Tian 6 September 2017
Pipeline infrastructure in China The Dina 2 field, which supplies gas to the WEP. (CNPC)

China’s pipeline reform programme has taken another step forward after the country’s top economic planner implemented clearer transmission tariff pricing for more than a dozen long-distance gas pipeline operators.

The tariffs released by the National Development and Reform Commission for the 13 cross-regional companies are on average 15% lower than before. The companies – including China National Petroleum Corp. (CNPC), Sinopec and China Datang Corp. – operate a combined 45,000 km of long-distance trunk lines that transported 195 billion cubic metres of gas last year,...

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