China Natural Gas Provides Update on Abax Debt Restructuring

Aug 31, 2010, 15:30 ET from China Natural Gas, Inc.

XI'AN, China, Aug. 31 /PRNewswire-Asia/ -- China Natural Gas, Inc. ("China Natural Gas" or the "Company") (Nasdaq: CHNG), a leading provider of compressed natural gas (CNG) for vehicular fuel and pipeline natural gas for industrial, commercial, and residential use in Xi'an, China, today provided an update regarding the Company's senior notes with Abax Lotus Ltd. ("Abax").

As previously disclosed in the Company's Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the quarter ended June 30, 2010, the Company entered into a domestic bank loan on February 26, 2010 which violated certain terms of the Company's senior notes with Abax Lotus Ltd. ("Abax"). As a result, Abax has the right to declare a default and demand an immediate repayment with all accrued interest. If Abax declares a loan default, the Company has 30 days to correct the violation or must pay the entire loan amount. Abax has currently issued no notice of default on the debt instruments.

Mr. Qinan Ji, Chairman and CEO of China Natural Gas, stated, "Our senior management traveled to Hong Kong last week to meet with Abax and had a friendly discussion regarding the debt restructuring. A tentative restructuring agreement with Abax is currently in place, and we anticipate that the debt restructuring will be resolved very soon. We are also holding internal board meetings and engaging independent consultancy to take immediate remediation measures to strengthen our internal controls. We expect to provide our investors with a positive update on our progress again very soon."

About China Natural Gas, Inc.

China Natural Gas transports and sells natural gas to vehicular fueling terminals, as well as commercial, industrial and residential customers through its distribution networks in China's Shaanxi and Henan Provinces. The Company owns approximately 120 km of high-pressure pipelines and operates 25 CNG fueling stations in Shaanxi Province and 12 CNG fueling stations in Henan Province. China Natural Gas' four primary business lines include: (1) the distribution and sale of CNG through Company-owned CNG fueling stations for hybrid (natural gas/gasoline) powered vehicles; (2) the installation, distribution and sale of piped natural gas to residential, commercial and industrial customers through Company-owned pipelines; (3) the distribution and sale of gasoline through Company-owned CNG fueling stations for hybrid (natural gas/gasoline) powered vehicles; and (4) the conversion of gasoline-fueled vehicles to hybrid (natural gas/gasoline) powered vehicles through its auto conversion division.

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     China Natural Gas Inc.
     Jackie Shi
     IR Director
     Tel:   +86-29-8832-3325 x922
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