BEIJING, Nov. 16 (Xinhua) -- China can generally guarantee the natural gas supply for winter heating demands this year despite a complex international market situation, an official with the country's top economic planner said Wednesday.
Timely preparation and joint efforts have been made to ensure enough natural gas supply, Meng Wei, a spokesperson with the National Development and Reform Commission, told a press conference.
The commission will urge localities to stay true to related price policies to maintain relatively stable natural gas prices for households, Meng said.
Support will be given to upstream firms to beef up natural gas production and stock to help tide over heating peaks during the winter.
From January to October, the country produced 178.5 billion cubic meters of natural gas, up 6.0 percent year on year.
Meng added that tight supplies of natural gas might happen during some peak periods or in some regions amid lingering cold waves.
The country will leverage its daily natural gas supply management mechanism to address pop-up shortages and keep residents warm in winter, Meng said. Enditem