China gas and power month in brief: LNG and power markets remained hot
China's LNG and power markets remained hot in the first two months of 2018, driven by widespread cold snaps and snowfall as well as revived industrial production. The heating season has ended, but the government is pushing harder on new reform initiatives. As gas penetrates higher in the energy mix and demand seasonality tightens supply causing prices to spike, China has cut gas pipeline tariffs in Guangxi and is looking to build more underground gas storage to ease supply tightness in winter. The government is also encouraging development of more distributed generation and incremental distribution grids, to help make the power market more competitive. Trump's trade war could hurt the US-China relationship and affect commodity exports from China, but we expect the impact on US LNG imports should be marginal at this stage.