Supply & Demand

China left with few options to solve gas supply crisis

China has paused an aggressive gasification campaign to stave off a gas supply crisis in northern regions, but limited supply capacity means shortages are likely to persist China has paused an aggressive gasification campaign to stave off a gas supply crisis in northern regions, but limited supply capacity means shortages are likely to persist.
By Colin Shek and Tang Tian 11 December 2017 0 28733
chinese gas storage facility A gas storage facility near Beijing. (Beijing Gas Group)

China’s government has pledged to ease gas shortages and boost gas imports after being blindsided by shortages that have left homes, schools and hospitals without heating. But experts have told Interfax Natural Gas Daily there is little Beijing can do to ease the crunch until next year.

Winter demand for heating has stretched China’s gas supplies, which were already under pressure as a result of unprecedented consumption from industrial users – who have been pushed by the government to cut their dependence on coal and oil....