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15 Chinese plants that will turn coal into gas

Last updated on: April 18, 2013 09:22 IST

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Chen Aizhu

China, the world's top energy user, wants to turn coal in remote areas into gas and then pipe it to cities, where residential and industrial use for the fuel is growing rapidly.

From coal miners to power producers, from private firms to state energy giants, companies are in a push to convert China's abundant and cheap coal into gas, using a mix of locally developed and imported technology similar to that used to produce synthetic fuel in apartheid-era South Africa.

Beijing has approved four pilot projects able to supply 15 billion cubic metres of natural gas a year by 2015.

Let's have a look at some plants that China hopes will help boost its energy supply.

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Image: An aerial view shows vehicles travelling on intersections at night in downtown Shanghai.
Photographs: Aly Song/Reuters

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Project: Qinghua Group

Location: Xinjiang

Capacity: 5.5 billion cubic metres

Date of start: 2014

Project status: Approved

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Image: A hundred-meter-long (328 feet) lantern, featuring a dragon and made of 10,000 used compact discs and auto parts, is lit up in Hami, Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region.
Photographs: China Daily/Reuters

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Project: Datang Group

Location: Inner Mongolia

Capacity: 4.0 billion cubic metres

Date of start: 2012

Project status: Approved

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Image: Contestants race camels during a winter Naadam event in Hulun Buir, north China's Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region.
Photographs: China Daily/Reuters

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Project: Datang Group

Location: Liaoning

Capacity: 4.0 billion cubic metres

Date of start: 2013

Project status: Approved

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Image: A woman practices tai chi with a fan after a snowfall in Shenyang, Liaoning province.
Photographs: Stringer/Reuters

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Project: Huineng Coal Chemical

Location: Inner Mongolia

Capacity: 2.0 billion cubic metres

Date of start: 2013

Project status: Approved

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Image: Nomads participate in a horse race on the Kerqin Grassland in Inner Mongolia.
Photographs: China Newsphoto/Reuters

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Project: CNOOC

Location: Inner Mongolia

Capacity: 3x4.0 billion cubic metres

Date of start: N/A

Project status: Preliminary approval

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Image: 'Hadas', pieces of silk used as a greeting gift among the Mongol minorities, are displayed at a park in Xilinhot, Inner Mongolia.
Photographs: Bobby Yip/Reuters
Tags: CNOOC , Mongolia

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Project: China Power Investment Company

Location: Xinjiang

Capacity: 6.0 billion cubic metres

Date of start: N/A

Project status: Preliminary approval

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Image: Shepherds lead their flocks of sheep and cattle along on the Guozigou segment of the Lianyungang-Horgos expressway as vehicles drive past the other side of the expressway, in Xinjiang Uyghur autonomous region.
Photographs: China Daily/Reuters

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Project: Xinjiang Guanghui

Location: Xinjiang

Capacity: 0.5 billion cubic metres

Date of start: 2012

Project status: Proposed

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Image: Two tourists look at a sand sculpture in a desert in Turpan in Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region.
Photographs: China Daily/Reuters
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Project: Shenhua Group

Location: Inner Mongolia

Capacity: 2.0 billion cubic metres

Date of start: 2013

Project status: Proposed

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Image: A shepherd rests in a pasture in Xilinhot in Inner Mongolia.
Photographs: Bobby Yip/Reuters

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Project: Henan Coal Chem Engineering

Location: Xinjiang

Capacity: 4.0 billion cubic metres

Date of start: 2014

Project status: Proposed

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Image: Tourists wave as they travel around the Kumtag Desert by a sightseeing train at a scenic spot in Turpan, northwest China's Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region.
Photographs: China Daily/Reuters

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Project: China Coal

Location: Xinjiang

Capacity: 4.0 billion cubic metres

Date of start: 2014

Project status: Proposed

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Image: A local farmer leads a row of camels at a tourism resort of the Kumtag Desert in Shanshan county, northwest China's Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region.
Photographs: China Daily/Reuters
Tags: China

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Project: China Huadian Group

Location: Xinjiang

Capacity: 4.0 billion cubic metres

Date of start: 2015

Project status: Proposed

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Image: Tourists in donkey-drawn carriages visit the ancient city of Gaochang, Turpan, northwest China's Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region.
Photographs: China Newsphoto/Reuters
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Project: China Huaneng Group

Location: Xinjiang

Capacity: 6.0 billion cubic metres

Date of start: 2015

Project status: Proposed

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Image: Tourists take pictures outside the Xinjiang International Bazaar, a major trading complex, in Urumqi, capital of northwest China's Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region.
Photographs: Andrew Wong/Reuters

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Project: WanXiang/GreatPoint

Location: Xinjiang

Capacity: 0.85 billion cubic metres

Date of start: 2015

Project status: Proposed

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Image: An ethnic Uighur man rides a horse in snow in Yili, Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region.
Photographs: Stringer/Reuters
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Project: Guodian Pingmei Nileke

Location: Xinjiang

Capacity: 4.0 billion cubic metres

Date of start: 2017

Project status: Proposed

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Image: A cotton picker works in a field in Hami, northwest China's Xinjiang Uygur autonomous region.
Photographs: China Daily/Reuters

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Project: Sinopec Group

Location: Xinjiang

Capacity: 8.0 billion cubic metres

Date of start: 2020

Project status: Proposed


Image: Labourers work on building a highway to connect Kashgar and Aksu by the end of October 2013 in Aksu, Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region.
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