Supply & Demand

China in talks with Turkmenistan to avert supply crunch

China is in urgent talks to restore its Turkmen gas imports to normal levels to avoid shortages China is in urgent talks to restore its Turkmen gas imports to normal levels to avoid shortages.
By Colin Shek and Tang Tian 6 December 2017 0 28683
Turkmen gas infrastructure Gas infrastructure in Turkmenistan. (CNPC)

China’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs has held talks with Turkmenistan’s national gas company to resolve a drop in pipeline exports that is exacerbating a supply crunch in China, a source at PetroChina has told Interfax Natural Gas Daily.

Turkmenistan’s exports to China fell to 1.71 mt in October, according to Chinese customs data, their lowest level for nearly a year. Monthly exports averaged 2.1 mt over the first nine months of 2017. 

Turkmengaz reduced exports to ensure it had enough gas for domestic users, said...