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Colin Shek

China editor

Colin Shek directs editorial coverage of China's natural gas sector as the China news editor, and is also the Shanghai bureau chief for Interfax news agency. He joined the bureau in late 2010 and has reported on several industries in China including technology, telecommunications, media and agriculture. In the UK, he was a corporate finance journalist for a business-to-business magazine in Birmingham.

A rally for Taiwan's DPP.

Taiwan’s rising gas demand to be met by LNG

Uninspiring upstream prospects mean Taiwan has little choice but to boost LNG imports to compensate for a reduction in coal-fired and nuclear power generation

6 hours ago Asia Pacific / LNG
Golden Pass LNG.

Some Asian buyers cautious on shift to LNG spot contracts

Oil-indexed long-term contracts remain preferable to spot deals for some buyers as they seek to safeguard security of supply.

4 days ago Asia Pacific / LNG
The Power of Siberia pipeline.

China’s NOCs brace for domestic gas market oversupply in 2020

The country's gas demand growth next year could slip below 10% for the first time since 2016, affecting the outlook for Chinese LNG imports.

11 November 2019 Asia Pacific / Supply & Demand
CNOOC's Tianjin LNG terminal.

Foreign interest in Chinese terminals picks up with GTT MOU

An agreement between the LNG storage engineering subsidiary of France’s Engie and Beijing Gas could sow the seeds of a deeper commercial partnership in the future.

7 November 2019 Asia Pacific / LNG
A shale gas liquefaction plant in China.

China’s NOCs pin domestic upstream growth on spending boom

Greater expenditure by the country’s three largest NOCs looks set to underpin increasing domestic production as Beijing prioritises energy security.

5 November 2019 Asia Pacific / Exploration & Production
An LNG plant in China.

China’s Hanas seeks import independence with Putian LNG project

The independent energy group from western China is joining the growing crowd of non-NOC companies developing their own regasification facilities in the country.

31 October 2019 Asia Pacific / LNG
A coal power plant in China.

Coal and renewables threaten to undermine gas-to-power in China

China’s refitted fleet of fuel-efficient and less-polluting coal plants and increased state spending on renewables blur the outlook for the country’s gas-to-power sector.

30 October 2019 Asia Pacific / Pipelines, Storage & Power
A platform in the South China Sea.

CNOOC’s capex hike unleashes domestic gas output growth

The company’s latest update on its production and sales of oil and gas shows it is working flat out to boost domestic output.

25 October 2019 Asia Pacific / Companies & Finance
Gas storage tanks in China

China gas distributors on track to meet double-digit growth targets

The country's largest city gas distributors look set to extend strong sales growth for H1 into H2 as the domestic market gears up for its peak demand season.

21 October 2019 Asia Pacific / Supply & Demand
CNOOC's Tianjin LNG terminal.

Anticipation builds for unveiling of China pipeline company

An announcement on the company’s formation is expected imminently as policymakers seek to get the process moving before the winter heating season.

18 October 2019 Asia Pacific / Policy & Regulation
A drilling module.

CNOOC strives to reverse decline in western South China Sea

The company is starting to turn around years of declining gas output from the area with a slate of projects that demonstrate its growing deepwater prowess.

14 October 2019 Asia Pacific / Exploration & Production
The Cameron LNG project

Three Gorges MOU could see Sempra LNG head upriver in China

Sempra’s preliminary agreement to supply LNG to China Three Gorges could eventually see US-produced gas transported along the middle stretches of the Yangtze River within China.

4 October 2019 Asia Pacific / LNG
A PetroChina facility in the Ordos Basin

PetroChina hails new shale discoveries amid modest production outlook

PetroChina trumpeted its progress on domestic unconventional oil and gas exploration on Sunday, but there are fresh signs China’s shale production is falling short of targets.

30 September 2019 Asia Pacific / Exploration & Production
LNG filling station in China.

China’s strict emission rules drive boom in LNG truck sales

Sales quadrupled in the first half of 2019 thanks to the early adoption of world-leading emissions legislation for vehicles.

26 September 2019 Asia Pacific / Gas for Transport
South Korea's Tongyeong LNG terminal

South Korean winter coal ban could boost spot LNG prices

A tentative proposal by South Korea to shutter many of its coal-fired power plants this winter could support Asian spot LNG prices during what is traditionally the region’s busiest season.

23 September 2019 Asia Pacific / Supply & Demand
The Pacific Breeze tanker at Ichthys LNG

Rapid ramp-up gives Inpex room to plan Ichthys future

With production at Australia’s Ichthys LNG close to reaching nameplate capacity, Japanese operator Inpex can begin to plan the project’s next phase of development.

20 September 2019 Asia Pacific / LNG
ENN Energy city gas facilities.

ENN reshuffle aims to challenge market power of Chinese NOCs

The change in ownership of ENN Energy Holdings represents the start of an effort to build an integrated gas major in China better suited to competing in a liberalised market.

16 September 2019 Asia Pacific / Policy & Regulation
Vladimir Putin and Alexei Miller. (Kremlin)

Russia backs Mongolian route to boost exports to China

A pipeline transiting Mongolia has commercial logic and the political backing of Moscow and Ulaanbaatar but could be a tough sell to China, which may prefer a western route.

13 September 2019 Asia Pacific / Pipelines, Storage & Power
An illuminated LNG tanker

PetroChina flags LNG trading ambitions in Pakistan tender

PetroChina’s involvement shows how Chinese gas companies are expanding their roles as LNG traders by engaging in transactions in Asia.

9 September 2019 Asia Pacific / LNG
Construction of China's WEP 2

Clock ticking on China’s long-awaited pipeline reform

Time is running out for China to kickstart the process of establishing a national pipeline company this year as Asia’s largest gas market is approaching its busiest season.

6 September 2019 Asia Pacific / Policy & Regulation

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