Gas shortage spreads to northwest China-Xinhua

China's gas shortage has spread from southern and central parts of the country to Shaanxi province.

Gas shortage spreads to northwest China-Xinhua

China's gas shortage has spread from southern and central parts of the country to Shaanxi province as many northwestern cities were hit by a sharp temperature drop recently, Xinhua news agency reported on Friday.

Daily shortages of natural gas in Xi'an, provincial capital of Shaanxi, amounted to as much as 400,000 cubic metres, Xinhua quoted Liu Min, manager of Xi'an Natural Gas Co, as saying.

The shortfall affected not only transportation and industrial sectors, but also left many residential consumers without cooking gas, it added.

The city started using its contingency gas terminals, which can supply 200,000 cubic metres of gas per day, Xinhua said.

Upstream gas producing firms decided to supply Shaanxi with 500,000 cubic metres of gas every day, 60 percent of which will go to Xi'an.

But this still could not fill up the entire supply hole, Xinhua said.

Since early this month, a cold spell across southern and central China boosted electricity and natural gas consumption. Natural gas demand in cities including Wuhan and Hangzhou soared.

Hubei's provincial capital Wuhan has a daily shortage of 400,000 cubic metres of gas, while Hangzhou, capital of Zhejiang province, had a shortfall of 170,000 cubic metres.


Reuters

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