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Natural Gas Pricing Mechanism Reform and its Impacts on Future Energy Options in China

Mingye Gao, Zhen Wang, Qianyu Wu and Yang Yang

Energy & Environment, 2013, vol. 24, issue 7-8, 1209-1227

Abstract: Natural gas is the cleanest fossil fuel. In recent years, its demand in China has been increasing at a rapid pace, but its pricing mechanism is still based on the planned economy system and is not keeping up pace with that of its consumption. Therefore, reforming the existing pricing system is of great significance. This paper first reviews the evolution of the pricing mechanism of natural gas in China, and then examines with model predictions the feasibility of a nationwide implementation of the reform programs currently carried out in Guangdong and Guangxi and its possible impacts. The results show that the reform can: (a) benefit Chinese natural gas producers and importers by increasing their profits, (b) increase the production of natural gas and accelerate the development of the industry, (c) reduce the use of natural gas in the chemical industry and optimize the energy consumption structure in China, (d) change the current energy portfolio in China and achieve the goal of sustainable development, and (e) help Chinese companies enhance their ability of adapting to high prices and promote their international competitiveness.

Keywords: Natural gas pricing; mechanism reform; China (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2013
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