Can China switch away from coal to gas in the captive power sector?

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Report summary

China's air pollution challenges are well documented. In an attempt to tackle the crisis, the central government released the Air Pollution Prevention and Control Action Plan (APPCAP) in September 2013 setting national-level targets for air quality and emissions control. This was subsequently followed by provincial and municipal government targets through their own APPCAPs.

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Table of contents

  • Executive summary
  • Background
  • Switching from coal to gas will make captive power less competitive than grid power
  • Switching from coal to gas won't materially help to achieve coal reduction targets
  • but would create significant additional gas demand
  • Fuel switching projects face financial and operational challenges
  • Are governments ready to subsidize switching projects?
  • Conclusions

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  • Thermal coal and natural gas prices by province
  • Coal and natural gas tariffs by province
  • Impact of fuel switching on coal and gas demand
  • Fuel switching capex and subsidy requirements

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