CHINA SWITCHES E&D FOCUS TO NATURAL GAS

China is shifting its exploration and development emphasis to natural gas in light of lagging oil production. Another factor in the shift has been the accelerated pace of significant gas discoveries in the country. Latest world class discovery was a gas field in the Shaanxi-Gansu-Ningxia area, with potential reserves estimated at 3.5 tcf. It is China's biggest onshore gas discovery (see map, OGJ, July 29, 1991, p. 25).

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