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China puts brakes on some coal-to-gas projects

Dozens of new coal-to-gas projects have been proposed across the country, but the government wants to prevent inefficiencies and overcapacity

China's first coal-to-gas (CTG) project may have only come into production in December last year, but Beijing is already tightening its grip on the burgeoning sector's development. China' policymakers have pushed the development of GTG technology in recent years, which has sparked an investment boom that has seen dozens of new projects proposed across the country. Yet the government is now warning against blind development of the industry, in an apparent bid to head off the sort of overcapacity and inefficiencies that have plagued other industries such as oil refining and steel production.    The National Energy Administration (NEA), an arm of the powerful National Development and Reform Co

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