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Zhang Chengwei, president of PetroChina Jiangsu LNG Co. Ltd., poses for a picture with B.C. Premier Christy Clark at an LNG facility near Rudong, China.
Zhang Chengwei, president of PetroChina Jiangsu LNG Co. Ltd., poses for a picture with B.C. Premier Christy Clark at an LNG facility near Rudong, China.
(Nathan VanderKlippe/The Globe and Mail)

Energy-hungry China will still thirst for Canadian LNG

China’s massive natural gas supply deal with Russia isn’t a death knell for Canada’s nascent liquefied-natural-gas (LNG) industry. But it may well narrow the field of West Coast LNG projects that will ever see the light of day.

The 30-year deal will see Russia ship 38 billion cubic metres (or about 1.3 trillion cubic feet) of natural gas a year to China by pipeline, beginning as soon as 2018. That’s 50 per cent more than China’s total LNG imports last year – and China is the world’s third-biggest LNG market.