The scheduled maintenance of a cross-border gas pipeline has significantly reduced China’s gas supply, triggering a local liquefied natural gas price spike.

China’s commodity data provider JLC Research & Consulting said that the Turkmenistan-Kazakhstan-Uzbekistan-China gas pipeline is now under maintenance for a week that started on Wednesday.

As a result, the daily gas throughput to China via the 10,000-kilometre pipeline will be cut by 42 million cubic metres.

China’s consultancy GasTank that monitors gas price movements said in a research note that the ex-gate price for LNG on Wednesday was quoted at 45 yuan (US$6.5)