China’s big state companies, confident on the outlook for domestic natural gas reforms, are buying up local distributors and raising fresh capital – and making gas the hottest prospect for energy investment in the world’s top energy consumer.
The prospects for expansion and acquisitions also have China’s natural gas distributors trading like growth stocks, instead of bog-standard utilities.
China is pushing energy price reforms and spending billions of dollars on gas imports and infrastructure to cut the use of coal, which supplies over 70 percent of its energy but has made it the world leader in mine accidents and greenhouse emissions, and among the worst in air pollution.
While nuclear power and renewables such as solar and wind are also benefiting from the shift, for now gas looks set to gain the most, since plentiful supplies and its use in industrial production and conventional thermal power plants mean it can…
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