September 16, 2009 / 7:55 AM / 10 years ago

PetroChina to double gas supply to Beijing by 2015

BEIJING, Sept 16 (Reuters) - PetroChina (0857.HK) will double the supply of pipelined natural gas to Beijing to 12 billion cubic metres (bcm) by 2015 from an estimated 6 bcm this year, the China Petroleum Daily reported on Wednesday.

Gas consumption in the Chinese capital has been growing quickly in recent years, partly due to Beijing’s efforts to increase clean energy usage to improve air quality in the run-up for last year’s summer Olympics.

There were still five suburban regions in Beijing without access to piped gas, the newspaper report said.

Beijing, which consumed about 5.6 bcm of the fuel last year, is China’s third-largest gas consumer after Sichuan and Jiangsu provinces.

PetroChina produces more than 80 percent of China’s natural gas and runs most of the country’s gas pipeline networks. The top Chinese oil and gas company supplies gas to Beijing mostly via its two Shaanxi-to-Beijing gas pipelines. (Reporting by Jim Bai and Tom Miles; Editing by Chris Lewis)

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