Policy & Regulation

China to tread more softly on coal-to-gas campaign

China remains committed to switching industrial and residential coal users in the north of the country to cleaner-burning gas as it continues to wage war on smog China remains committed to switching industrial and residential coal users in the north of the country to cleaner-burning gas as it continues to wage war on smog.
By Tang Tian 12 March 2018 0 29950
A gas boosting station on China's WEP network. A gas boosting station on the second West-East Pipeline. (GE)

China’s energy regulator has struck a more moderate tone in its objectives for gas development this year, after runaway demand in the final months of 2017 led to widespread shortages and forced the government to overturn a ban on coal.

The National Energy Administration (NEA) said in its annual guidance plan last week that gas use this year should be promoted “in an orderly manner”. The Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei region, the Yangtze and Pearl River deltas, and the rustbelt provinces of Heilongjiang, Jilin and Liaoning...