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Think of a big city in China, and what do you imagine? A bustling metropolis, 5,000 years of history and art, a meteoric rise from poverty to wealth in only a few decades, and of course, dirty, smoggy white skies. Big cities in China have a hazy reputation, but that may soon change, thanks to Beijing’s new focus on making natural gas a more common means of creating energy. In this special report from the Boston Consulting Group’s Center for Energy Impact, Alex Dewar explains what the new state-owned National Oil & Gas Pipeline Group might mean to people in China – and to foreign investors.
About the Author
Alex Dewar is a senior director at the Boston Consulting Group’s Center for Energy Impact in Washington, DC. His areas of expertise include strategy development in oil and gas, energy markets analysis, and climate change mitigation.