China has planned a batch of natural gas storage bases across the country to meet seasonal demand peaks in 2010, Zhang Guobao, vice-minister of the National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC), said during the weekend at a national energy working conference in Beijing.
Zhang, also head of the National Administration of Energy, said total length of China's natural gas pipeline has reached 34,000 kilometers by now, 1,800 kilometers more than that in 2008.
According to Zhang, the government will also boost development of liquefied natural gas (LNG), as the LNG projects in Zhejiang, Shandong and Hainan have started preliminary works with the approval of the NDRC.
Statistics from the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) show that China's natural gas output and consumption saw year-on-year growth of 8 percent and 11 percent respectively in the first eleven months in 2009. The nature gas is at 3.95 percent of China's total primary energy consumption during the same period, about 0.18 percentage points higher over that in a year earlier.
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