|Average Natural Gas
Urban Population Covered: 99,439,021
Penetration Rate: 48.1%
Average Residential Connection Fee: RMB 2,530 per household
Length of Pipelines: Over 74,105 km
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As at 31 March 2016, the Group has secured 305 city piped gas projects (with exclusive concession rights), 13 long-distance natural gas pipeline projects, 571 compressed/liquefied natural gas (“CNG/LNG”) refilling stations for vehicles, 1 coal bed methane development project and 98 LPG distribution projects in 25 provinces (including autonomous regions and municipalities).
As at 31 March 2016, of all the city piped gas projects owned by the Group, 216 projects were in the operation phase by supplying piped natural gas. The Group completed the construction of gas transmission pipeline networks of 74,105 kilometers and 287 storage and distribution stations (city gates) and LNG regasification stations. The Group had connected gas supply to a total of 14,691,200 households and 91,566 industrial and commercial users. In FY2016, the Group sold a total of 10.02 billion cubic meters of piped gas, representing 10.0% year-on-year growth.
In FY 2016, the Group added a total of 38 new CNG refilling stations and 13 LNG refilling stations for vehicles. As at 31 March 2016, the Group owned a total of 398 CNG refilling stations and 173 LNG refilling stations for vehicles. The total number of gas refilling stations was 571, representing a year-on-year increase of 9.8%. Sales volume of CNG/LNG for vehicles made up 15.8% of the Group’s total natural gas sales volume from city gas projects during the financial year.
On 18 November 2015, NDRC published a notice on price adjustment of natural gas. According to the notice, with effective from 20 November 2015, the maximum non-residential natural gas price at city gate stations would be reduced by RMB0.7 per m3. Besides, the existing maximum gate station price management would be replaced by benchmark gate station price management and the reduced gate station price would become the benchmark gate station price. Within an upward adjustment of 20% and unlimited downward adjustment range, the supplier and purchaser can determine the specific gate station price through negotiation while the gate station price is only allowed to be adjusted upward from 20 November 2016. The downward adjustment of gas price is beneficial to accelerating the popularization and utilization of natural gas, relieving the burden of downstream corporate gas users, pushing forward the use of natural gas in industrial sector and other sectors, such as, transportation, power generation and central heating, and effectively facilitating the long-term and healthy development of natural gas in China.
According to the Guiding Opinions on the Establishment of Proper Natural Gas Tier-pricing System for Residential Users (《關於建立健全居民生活用氣階梯價格制度的指導意見》) issued by the NDRC in March 2014, residential gas volume will be categorised into three tiers and a progressive pricing rate is applied to each tier. Residential gas tier-pricing system shall be established in all cities by the end of 2015. The implementation of such policy fosters the gradual rationalisation of the natural gas price difference imposed by city gas enterprises on their sales to residential customers. The Group will apply the residential gas tier-pricing system to all cities with piped natural gas supply as soon as possible in advocate of government’s plan actively.