China cools its interest in LNG as a ship fuel

Beijing: China's biggest energy firm PetroChina looks like it is changing mind about pushing LNG as a fuel for both trucks and ships on the back of rising gas costs.

PetroChina unit Kunlun Energy closed two major gas liquefaction plants in the past month, according to Reuters.

In July, just one month after the start of trial production, Kunlun shut down a 1.2m tonne per year (tpy) liquefaction plant at Huanggang in the central province of Hubei.

The plant, the largest of its kind in China, had aimed to supply LNG to vessels along the Yangtze, China's longest river.

A second plant at Ansai in northern Shaanxi province was closed a month ago. Neither plant has a clear date for a restart, sources told Reuters.  [22/08/14]

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