Tight LNG supply in SW China’s Sichuan amid unit shutdowns

18 January 2013 08:14  [Source: ICIS news]

SINGAPORE (ICIS)--Liquefied natural gas (LNG) supplies in Sichuan province, southwest China, remained tight in response to unit shutdowns of two major producers in the region, industry sources said on Friday.

Datong Natural Gas shut its 300,000 cubic metre (cbm)/day gas liquefaction plant at Dazhou in Sichuan on 16-17 January as a result of insufficient gas supplies from the upstream sector, a company source said.

“Piped gas demand in Sichuan is still robust,” the source explained, adding that the restart schedule is still unconfirmed.

China Natural Gas Corp’s 1m cbm/day LNG plant at Guang’an in Sichuan remains offline due to the same cause of gas shortage, with restart date undetermined, a source at the plant said.

“We have been working actively with upstream gas suppliers in order to resume operations as soon as possible,” the source added.

On the other hand, Dazhou Huixin Energy, another major LNG supplier in southwest China, restarted its 1m cbm/day plant at Dazhou in Sichuan on 17 January, a company source said.

“We shut the plant for just two days in view of some problems regarding the gas pipeline,” the source added.

By: Ricki Wang
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