China Urges Energy Firms To Boost Gas Output

BEIJING - China has asked energy companies to boost natural gas supplies to meet heavier demand in the winter months. 

The National Development and Reform Commission, China's top economic planning body, said in a statement Wednesday that since winter began, the country has experienced heavy rain, snow and low temperatures, leading to peak use in some areas and a rapid increase in demand. Natural gas demand typically rises during the winter due to higher demand for heating.

Further, limited pipeline capacity and storage facilities, among other reasons, have led to shortages in some areas, the NDRC said.

The NDRC called on companies in the sector to ensure security of supplies and to continue to support maximum production. It added that companies should continue to import natural gas and "make great efforts" to increase natural gas supply.

China produced 96.51 billion cubic meters of natural gas in the January to November period, up 6.9% compared to the same period a year earlier, according to the National Bureau of Statistics. 


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