The Project is the second phase of ADB's intervention to address the financial constraints on developing natural gas transportation infrastructure, which is the key obstacle to natural gas market development in the PRC. The project extends natural gas networks into satellite cities on the outskirts of cities where CGH currently operates natural gas distribution services with the assistance of ADB under phase 1. The project supports CGH in building a series of natural gas pipelines to connect household, commercial, and industrial end users in central and western regions of the PRC. ADB's loan is channeled directly to CGH and/or to joint ventures through ZIL, a wholly owned subsidiary of CGH.
|Project Name||MUNICIPAL NATURAL GAS INFRASTRUCTURE DEVELOPMENT PROJECT (PHASE 2)|
|Borrower/Company||ZHONGRAN INVESTMENT LIMITED P2
|Country||China, People's Republic of
|Type or Modality of Assistance||
|Strategic Agendas||Environmentally sustainable growth
Inclusive economic growth
|Drivers of Change||Private sector development
|Sector / Subsector||
Energy / Energy utility services
|Gender Equity and Mainstreaming|
|Responsible ADB Department||Private Sector Operations Department|
|Responsible ADB Division||Portfolio Management Division, PSOD|
|Responsible ADB Officer||Hoshi, Hayato|
|Project Sponsor(s)||CHINA GAS GROUP LTD.
|Description||The Project is the second phase of ADB's intervention to address the financial constraints on developing natural gas transportation infrastructure, which is the key obstacle to natural gas market development in the PRC. The project extends natural gas networks into satellite cities on the outskirts of cities where CGH currently operates natural gas distribution services with the assistance of ADB under phase 1. The project supports CGH in building a series of natural gas pipelines to connect household, commercial, and industrial end users in central and western regions of the PRC. ADB's loan is channeled directly to CGH and/or to joint ventures through ZIL, a wholly owned subsidiary of CGH.|
|Objectives and Scope||The project's development impact is threefold: it will (i) contribute to the PRC's efforts to promote the use of natural gas to enhance energy diversification and address environmental degradation; (ii) contribute significantly to the reduction of air pollution by substituting natural gas for coal, oil and coal gas and thereby reduce particulates and sulfur dioxide from industries and households, most significantly benefiting urban populations, in particular the urban poor, who suffer severely from indoor and outdoor air pollution; and (iii) support the government's strategy of encouraging private sector participation in the municipal environmental infrastructure. The project's outcome will reflect a continuation of ADB's efforts to provide residential, industrial, and commercial consumers with a clean, reliable, and long-term energy source in a financially and environmentally sustainable manner.|
|Status of Development Objectives||
The project has been able to meet some of its development targets to date, including achieving sales volumes targets and new industrial/household/commercial users connections and reduction in greenhouse gas emissions.
CGH's natural gas system is now located in 542 gas projects throughout PRC and has produced 24.6 billion cu meters of gas sales in FY2019 (ending March).
|Status of Operation/Construction||
CGH is primarily engaged in the construction and operation of city gas pipelines, and transmission of natural gas and sale of liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) to residential, industrial and commercial users in the PRC. CGH constructs and operates arterial and branch pipeline networks and connects natural gas pipelines to its end-users (classified as residential, industrial and commercial). CGH earns connection fees and gas usage fees from its customers.
In FY2018, CGH has acquired 20 city concessions in 9 provinces and autonomous regions, increasing city concessions to 495. CGH and owns 8 LPG terminals, 300,000 m3 of LPG storage capacity, 100 LPG distribution projects and 1,100 retail stores covering 19 provinces in PRC. CGH also produces and sells complementary non-core products/services such as gas appliances, gas insurance, water and air purifiers and gas alarm systems, via its existing network covering more than 30 million customers.
|Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy||The Project supports the government's strategy of encouraging private sector participation in the municipal natural gas sector, given the substantial capital required in expanding pipeline networks and the limited self-financing capacity of the municipalities. It fully aligns with ADB's Strategy 2020 (long-term strategic framework), its current country partnership strategy for the PRC, its Energy Policy, and initiatives combating climate change, and complement ongoing ADB public sector operations in urban environmental improvement.|
|Summary of Environmental and Social Aspects|
|Environmental Aspects||: The project is rated Category B for Environment, Category B for involuntary resettlement and Category C for indigenous peoples. In accordance with the project's Environmental and Social Management System (ESMS), an Annual Environmental and Social Performance Report (AESPR) has been regularly prepared by CGH providing an update on the company's compliance with environmental and social safeguard policies, including issues related to gender and development and core labor standards|
|Involuntary Resettlement||Limited Impact since the land requirements for gas infrastructure are minor the resettlement impacts are likely to be limited.|
|Indigenous Peoples||No Impacts. No adverse impacts are envisaged on ethnic minorities.|
|Stakeholder Communication, Participation, and Consultation||CGH operates in a collaborative and consultative manner with all the key stakeholders, including the communities in which CGH and its subsidiaries operate, its staff, local government, and consumers. Its Information Department engages stakeholders through various media and information dissemination initiatives. For future activities of CGH, its environmental and social management system will apply, specifically the work processes and procedures or guidelines that include environmental and social assessment, public consultation and disclosure, and monitoring and reporting.|
|Timetable for assistance design, processing and implementation|
|Concept Clearance||05 Feb 2010|
|Credit Committee Meeting||20 Sep 2010|
|Approval||09 Nov 2010|
|PDS Creation Date||01 Feb 2011|
|Last PDS Update||14 Nov 2019|
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Safeguard Documents See also: Safeguards
Safeguard documents provided at the time of project/facility approval may also be found in the list of linked documents provided with the Report and Recommendation of the President.
|Title||Document Type||Document Date|
|Municipal Natural Gas Infrastructure Development Project (Phase 2): Environmental and Social Monitoring Report (April 2014-March 2015)||Environmental and Social Monitoring Reports||Mar 2015|
|Municipal Natural Gas Infrastructure Development Project (Phase 2): Environmental and Social Monitoring Report (April 2013-March 2014)||Environmental and Social Monitoring Reports||Mar 2014|
|Municipal Natural Gas Infrastructure Development Project (Phase 2): Envionmental and Social Monitoring Report (April 2012 - March 2013)||Environmental and Social Monitoring Reports||Mar 2013|
Evaluation Documents See also: Independent Evaluation
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