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Cold comfort: Chinese city eases gas rationing as snow hits

From Reuters - January 4, 2018

BEIJING (Reuters) - The major industrial Chinese city of Wuhan on Friday loosened restrictions on residential gas use as freezing temperatures bite and heavy snow falls, local media reported.

Frigid weather in northern parts of the country have stoked worries over a crunch in gas supply as the government pushes millions of households and industrial plants to switch to the cleaner fuel for heating from coal.

But, Chen Zhu, managing director with Beijing-based consultancy SIA Energy, said the move by the central city of Wuhan reflected improving supplies from dominant state energy firms in recent weeks, although she noted that the overall supply shortage remained.

The heavy snow boosted the demand for heating ... but improving supplies give the state firms more space to coordinate supplies between consumers, said Chen.

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