SINGAPORE (ICIS)--LNG supply is expected to increase significantly in southwest China following the unit restart of China Natural Gas Corp’s 1 million cubic metre (mcm)/day plant at Guang’an in Sichuan province, industry sources said on Thursday.
The company restarted the unit on 19 April, and is gradually increasing its run rates, a company source said.
Commercial LNG supply is likely to be available within the week ended 27 April, in line with increasing production, the source said.
However, the region’s other major supplier - Qujing Qilin Gaseous Fuels - has not finalised the restart schedule for its 80,000 cubic metre/day plant at Qujing in Yunnan province, the industry sources said.
The company’s coal gas-fed LNG plant was shut because of feedstock gas shortage caused by a coal mine accident in Qujing, the sources said.
There are 10 operational LNG plants in southwest China, with a combined capacity of 3.53mcm/day, according to data compiled by ICIS C1 Energy.