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Capacity limits stall China’s pipeline access push

China has made little progress in providing access to its trunk gas pipelines for third parties in recent years China has made little progress in providing access to its trunk gas pipelines for third parties in recent years.
By Tang Tian 20 November 2018 Asia Pacific / Pipelines, Storage & Power 0 33365
Laying a section of the second West-East Pipeline. (CNPC)

China’s push to promote third-party access (TPA) to domestic gas infrastructure is seeing mixed results, with recent progress in opening up the country’s LNG terminals not being matched in the pipelines sector.

China National Offshore Oil Corp.’s recent sale of an LNG import slot at a southern terminal was a milestone for the government’s longstanding efforts to free up energy infrastructure for more end-users. But little progress has been made in improving access to long-distance trunk pipelines, which would support free competition and...