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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 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.

3 days ago 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
PetroChina infrastructure at the Tulia oilfield

China’s NOCs increase production amid US trade spat

Gas production growth shined at China’s big three state energy giants in the first half of this year as they heeded the Chinese leadership’s call to boost domestic output.

2 September 2019 Asia Pacific / Exploration & Production
Chinese gas storage tanks

China’s gas demand rebounds to calm slowdown fears

China’s gas demand got back on track last month with the strongest annual growth seen in months, easing fears over a sharp decline in growth amid the US-China trade spat and higher domestic prices.

29 August 2019 Asia Pacific / Supply & Demand
The Haiyang Dizhi 8 survey ship.

US weighs in on renewed China-Vietnam tensions in South China Sea

Energy relations between the United States and China have deteriorated further after Washington condemned Chinese exploration in disputed waters offshore Vietnam.

27 August 2019 Asia Pacific / Exploration & Production
An LNG terminal in China

Shenzhen Gas expands supply options with new LNG terminal

Local distributor Shenzhen Gas has become the latest company beyond China’s big three state-owned LNG importers to operate a regasification terminal.

19 August 2019 Asia Pacific / LNG
Gas production in China.

Slowdown in Chinese gas output offset by imports

China's gas production increased by only 6% in July, but extra imports of LNG and pipeline gas compensated for the decline.

15 August 2019 Asia Pacific / Supply & Demand
A gas flare at China's Fuling field.

CNPC targets Sichuan in gas production drive

The state energy giant is ramping up output in the province, reflecting a broader move to strengthen energy security in the wake of China’s trade spat with the US.

12 August 2019 Asia Pacific / Exploration & Production
The Ningbo LNG terminal in China.

Asian LNG price slump shows little sign of abating

Slowing demand in Asia and rising global supplies look set to keep prices down until 2021.

5 August 2019 Asia Pacific / LNG
President Trump at the Cameron LNG plant.

Trump ratchets up trade tensions to put China out of reach for US LNG

Donald Trump took to Twitter on Thursday to beat the trade war drum, shattering a truce reached with Chinese President Xi Jinping a month ago and darkening the outlook for the second wave of US LNG projects.

2 August 2019 Asia Pacific / LNG
A Chinese delegate at the G20 Summit in Osaka

Beijing mulls energy independence as US-China trade talks resume

A new round of talks in Shanghai this week is not expected to break the deadlock in the trade war, and a prolonged standstill could bolster China’s plans for US-style energy independence.

29 July 2019 Asia Pacific / Policy & Regulation
A tanker in Alaskan waters

Chinese agreement expiration to put Alaska LNG on ice

Alaska LNG’s developer will allow an agreement with Chinese backers to expire – a sign that the massive project has lost momentum amid the escalating US-China trade war.

26 July 2019 Americas / LNG

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