China Sees Gas Shortage during the Winter Season
China has long been struggling with gas shortages especially during the heating season. But the problem gets worse in winter as anti pollution drives in several Chinese cities are guzzlers of the said natural resource.
The country’s top producer of gas PetroChina has stop supplying Cangzhou Dahua Group Co. last Tuesday. The suspension of gas supplies to industrial users is a common solution that the country takes to ensure that residents and public transportation will not run out of gas during the gas consuming seasons. But several suppliers are still continuing to provide gas to enterprises to benefit economically despite regulations that is sanctioned by the government.
Wang Xiaokun, an analyst with chem99.com, a Shandong-based commodity information platform, said the output of petrochemical enterprises in China’s central and northwest provinces has been or will be affected by diminishing gas supplies. A gas supply coordination meeting was held by the National Development and Reform Comission in October that had the country’s top economic planners pointing out that cities such as Beijing Urumqi an Shijiahuang is seeing tensions in the gas supplies during the off season for the first time, the NDRC has already issued two notices that banned construction of gas powered power plants.
Having an insufficient gas supply have already brought inconvenience to the life in some provinces and even with the supply of 3.3 billion cubic meter of gas this winter it will still fall short of by 421 million cubic meters in the eastern China’s Shandong Province.