To supply the fuel, leading energy firms CNOOC Ltd, PetroChina and Sinopec Corp are building a string of facilities along China’s eastern shore to import LNG, gas super-cooled to liquid form for shipping in tankers. Others are building smaller plants inland to liquefy natural gas from gas fields distant from the main pipeline networks. LNG tankers then truck them across the country to end-users.
Only in the eastern province of Jiangsu, the number of LNG vehicles is expected to exceed 6,000 by 2015. Southern Guangdong province wants to replace LPG, a more costly refinery product, with LNG for buses.
Moreover, experts attending a forum in Southwest China’s Chongqing municipality predicted as many as 1.5 million natural gas vehicles could be seen on the roads in the country by 2015.