China’s largest shale-gas project starts production
The first phase of China’s largest shale gas project to date has gone into production, the latest sign that the country’s shale gas sector has started to pick up steam in a bid to optimize China’s energy mix amid mounting pressure caused by air pollution.
Sinopec Group said that its Fuling shale gas project in the Sichuan Basin of southwest China has started with an annual capacity of 5 billion cubic meters. The state company, also Asia’s biggest oil refiner, said that it plans to start the second phase at the same time with a production capacity of 5 billion cubic meters.
The daily production at the Fuling site is enough to meet the daily consumption needs of 32 million residents.