NPC 2018: China to build pipelines, storage to ensure gas supply


He Lifeng, chairman of the National Development and Reform Commission, speaking during a press conference on the sidelines of China's National People's Congress in Beijing.
He Lifeng, chairman of the National Development and Reform Commission, speaking during a press conference on the sidelines of China's National People's Congress in Beijing.PHOTO: EPA-EFE

BEIJING (REUTERS) - The head of China's top economic planner said on Tuesday (March 6) that a natural gas shortage caused by winter demand for heating had ended, with the country ensuring future supply through measures such as building pipelines and storage.

China will speed up the construction of a network of pipelines to connect all regions, Mr He Lifeng, chairman of the National Development and Reform Commission, told a news conference in Beijing.

China will also ramp up the construction of gas storage in cities, making sure storage can hold at least 10 days of supply, Mr He said.

While China aims to boost local gas output and to produce the commodity through methods such as coal-to-gas or extracting it from shale, it will also sign contracts with neighbouring countries for long-term supply, Mr He added.