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China's ‘Game Changer’ Pipeline Reform to Supercharge Gas Demand

  • Move will boost competition and cut prices, Credit Suisse says
  • Market has overlooked fundamental changes post reform: bank
China Gas Craze Gets Help From Trucks as Pipelines Can't Keep Up
Photographer: Qilai Shen/Bloomberg
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China’s looming pipeline reform is poised to spur competition in its natural gas industry, lowering prices and supercharging demand from the world’s top importer in years to come, according to Credit Suisse Group AG.

The government is creating a national pipeline operator from the assets of its three biggest oil and gas companies. The move will break a monopoly that China’s state-owned giants have over downstream users and result in gas prices falling 10% over 2020 and 2021, the bank’s analysts including Horace Tse said in a report. The national operator is likely to be formed by August, Citigroup Inc. said, citing a National Development & Reform Commission official.