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China Gas Giant Focuses on Homes Amid Winter Crunch Criticism

  • CNPC reduces gas flow to industries to help residential users
  • Guangdong industry group warns of likely gas shortage in south
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China National Petroleum Corp. is restricting natural-gas sales to industries across the country to divert more of the fuel to heat homes in the northern part of the country.

The move is a response to instructions from the National Development & Reform Commission, which called on local governments and gas suppliers to combat gas shortages in the north. An industry group in southeastern China said it will probably face shortfalls as well, and pinned the blame on CNPC.