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Next Up in China’s Clean-Air Push Is a Gas Pipeline Behemoth

June 11, 2018, 2:39 PM

China’s push to eradicate smog by using more natural gas is set to get a boost as it pushes ahead with a plan to merge under one company a national pipeline network that would unify transport and investment decisions.

Regulators are aiming to announce a decision before winter to combine oil and gas pipeline assets owned by its three state energy giants, worth as much as 500 billion yuan ($78 billion), under a new national operator, according to people with knowledge of the matter.

The move, under discussion since at least 2014, would reinforce President Xi Jinping’s commitment to overhaul ...