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China to increase gas consumption more than three-fold by 2030

October 16, 2014, 21:41 UTC+3 BEIJING

Along with increased gas exports, the country should develop shale gas and methane production from coal beds

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Infographics Supplies of Russian natural gas to China

Supplies of Russian natural gas to China

May 21, 2014, Gazprom and CNPC have signed a deal on gas supplies to China
BEIJING, October 16. /TASS/. China will increase its gas consumption by 2030 from the current 167 billion cubic meters to 550 billion cubic metres, China's financial and economic newspaper Shanghai Zhenquan Bao writes on Thursday.

“Taking into account ongoing transformations in the Chinese economy, gas is becoming a key energy source for the country,” the newspaper cites Zhang Yousheng, director-general at state Energy Research Institute, as saying. Regrettably, China’s gas reserves are not big, he said, adding that along with increased gas exports, the country should develop shale gas and methane production from coal beds.

In 2013, gas consumption in China went up by 13.9% to reach 167.5 billion cubic meters.

Russia's natural gas pipelines to China

Russia’s gas producer Gazprom and China's CNPC agreed in May that Russia will supply China with 38 billion cubic meters of gas starting from 2018-2019.

Natural gas will be supplied to China via the east-bound Power of Siberia pipeline, the construction of which was launched by President Vladimir Putin on September 1.

Infographics Altai gas pipeline

Altai gas pipeline

Gazprom is in negotiations with China on supplying gas via the western route in the volume of 30 billion cubic meters per year and possibly increasing it later to 100 billion cubic meters per year. Infographics by TASS
Gazprom said it is capable of more than doubling natural gas supplies to China to 100 billion cubic meters annually, including via the western route connecting fields in Western Siberia with north-west China through the Altai republic.

Western route of gas supplies to China

Gas traffic to China via the western export route may reach 30 billion cubic meters a year. The route will carry gas from fields in western Siberia.

In 2015 the countries will sign at least three key documents on a project for Russian natural gas supplies to China via the western route.

 

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