01 February 2013 07:49 [Source: ICIS news]
SINGAPORE (ICIS)--China’s liquefied natural gas (LNG) transportation via trucks is expected to be hindered this month, as the country will impose stricter traffic controls to ensure safety during the upcoming Lunar New Year holiday, industry sources said on Friday.
The government in some provinces has decided to limit the traffic hours of trucks carrying hazardous chemicals within a certain period of the day on a few expressways during the Chinese Lunar New Year holiday on 9-16 February, the sources from logistics companies said.
Shanxi province in north China, for example, has made it official that trucks carrying hazardous chemicals are prohibited from expressways in the province on 7-16 February, one source based in central China said.
“Shanxi may just set an example for others to follow,” the source added.
The number of LNG tank trucks in service is also likely to drop significantly in February as many logistics companies will halt operations on 5-12 February, several company sources said.
China’s LNG delivery via trucks has been affected as some provinces such as Hubei, Henan, Shanxi, Hebei and Shandong shut part of their provincial expressways in view of the smog situation in the past few days, a logistics company source in north China said.
The smog situation is expected to end in the near term, the source added.
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