China is on the verge of a spending spree to expand the country’s natural gas pipeline grids over the next four years to transport greater volumes to more clients and utilities.

Ding Zhimin, the former deputy director of the Policy & Law Department of the National Energy Administration, told a webinar late last week that China will spend 11 trillion to 13 trillion yuan (US$1.6 trillion to US$1.9 trillion) to double the nationwide gas network to 163,000 kilometres by 2025.