China consumes more energy than any other country in the world, so its energy policies will not just be important for Asia but for global security of energy supply. In the final part of our six-part series on unconventional gas, we look at the prospects for development of China’s resources and the challenges it faces.

THE SHARE of natural gas in China’s energy mix, which is dominated by coal, is set to rise dramatically. In 2011 the country produced 101.12 billion cubic metres (bcm) of natural gas. But according to its official energy strategy, it will increase to eight per cent in 2015, 10 per cent by 2020 and 12 per cent by 2030, with consumption increasing fivefold.

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Dr. Frank Umbach
China is expected to account for a quarter of global gas demand growth by 2035
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