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Global gas markets long-term outlook - China - H1 2016

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Report summary

The gloom surrounding the Chinese gas market in 2015 has been replaced with cautious optimism as a recovery in the oil price, lower domestic city gate prices and a series of national and local policies aimed at supporting gas have combined to improve the outlook through the mid-term at least. However, despite these positive indicators, the lost momentum in the Chinese gas market through 2015, combined with reduced levels of domestic investment and lower GDP growth, is again resulting in a lower long-term outlook for gas in China.

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    Economic outlook

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    Policy and regulation

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Table of contents

    • Introduction
    • Gas demand growth improving as oil prices recover
    • and supported by lower gas prices
    • The path to gas market liberalisation is unclear
    • but stalled progress on pipe imports, higher cost domestic gas and shale gas challenges are supporting a more bullish LNG demand outlook
    • Slower economic growth inevitably means lower long-term gas demand
  • Economic outlook
    • Gas price reform
    • Air Pollution Prevention and Control Action Plan (APPCAP)
    • Energy Development Strategic Action Plan and the 13th Five-Year Plan
      • Domestic conventional supply
      • Unconventional supply: tight gas
      • Unconventional supply: CBM/CMM
      • Unconventional supply: SNG/coal to gas
      • Unconventional supply: shale gas
    • Regasification
    • Pipelines
    • LNG contracts
    • Pipeline contracts
  • Costs
    • Medium term
    • Long term
  • Risks and uncertainties

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  • H1 2016 GDP growth (2010-2035)
  • Gas demand by sector
  • Key Infrastructure
  • Long run delivered costs of gas to China
  • Contracted supply-demand gap
  • Supply-demand balance
  • Demand: Image 2
  • Power generation mix
  • Domestic gas supply


  • Infrastructure: Table 1

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