Exploration & Production

China turns policy gaze towards raising gas output

China’s policymakers have turned their attention towards accelerating domestic gas production amid concerns that imports are weakening national energy security China’s policymakers have turned their attention towards accelerating domestic gas production amid concerns that imports are weakening national energy security.
By Tang Tian 12 September 2018 0 32509
Chinese President Xi Jinping. (PA)

China is looking to kickstart its flagging domestic gas output, with central authorities keen to ensure supplies of the fuel are sufficient to sustain the country’s switch from coal without weakening its energy security.

The State Council – China’s cabinet – made clear in a circular released last week on promoting steady development of the gas industry that it would look to take the brakes off gas production. The aim is to achieve national output of 200 billion cubic metres per year by...