China National Petroleum Corporation (CNPC), the country's leading oil and gas producer, told Xinhua Wednesday it has taken active measures to raise gas supply and meet rising market demand triggered by heavy snows and falling temperatures.
CNPC figures revealed that daily natural gas consumption volume in north China surged 56 percent year on year between November 1 and 16, while daily gas consumption in Beijing alone rose 57 percent year on year in this period.
The daily natural gas supply of CNPC nationwide has increased from 169 million cubic meters at the beginning of this month to the current 189 million cubic meters, said the Beijing-based firm.
Most of the company's gas transmission pipelines have reached their full capacity. The oil and gas producer would do its best to guarantee the demand for local residents' daily life use and the demand in Beijing and other cities, by reducing supplies to some industrial enterprises.
China embraced severe cold weather and heavy snows this winter, with almost all of north China expected to experience continuing low temperatures and gales, according to weather forecast of the China Meteorological Administration on Sunday.
Meanwhile, almost all of southern China will be covered by snow and rain, with Hubei and Anhui expecting storms, according to the forecast.