Sinopec Plans to Double Fuling Shale Gas Capacity By 2017

  • Chongqing natural gas field in China reaches 5 bcm/yr capacity
  • Output can meet daily gas demand for 30 million families

China Petrochemical Corp., China’s second-biggest oil and gas producer, plans to double annual shale gas production capacity at its Fuling project in southwest China in the next two years to 10 billion cubic meters.

The Beijing-based company known as Sinopec Group has steadily produced 15 million cubic meters of shale gas a day at the site for more than a month, it said in an e-mailed statement on Tuesday. Current gas production could meet daily gas demand of 30 million families, it said.

“The Fuling shale gas development model could be easily applied to similar projects in China, and support the country’s large-scale exploration of the fuel,” deputy general manager Jiao Fangzheng said in the statement.

The combined shale gas output from Sinopec Group and PetroChina Co., the country’s biggest oil and gas producer, may reach 5.1 billion cubic meters this year, lagging China’s output target of 6.5 billion cubic meters, Bloomberg reported Dec. 9, citing people with direct knowledge of the matter.

Proved shale gas reserves at Fuling more than tripled to 380.6 billion cubic meters making it the world’s second-largest shale gas field outside North America, China Petroleum & Chemical Corp., or Sinopec said Oct. 15. The project sits in mountainous rural Chongqing and has produced 3.9 billion cubic meters of the fuel since starting production, according to the Tuesday statement.

China’s total proven shale gas reserves are estimated at 500 billion cubic meters, according to the Chinese Academy of Engineering.

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