CHINA MARKS PROGRESS IN NORTHWEST

Beijing's push to focus on petroleum resources in remote Northwest China continues to pay off. The first trainload of crude has been transported from Northwest China's Turpan-Hami basin, marking a new stage of development for that area, Xinhua News Agency reported. Exploration of the remote 48,000 sq km basin in Xinjiang Uygyr autonomous region has been in progress for 4 years. Three oil fields have been discovered, at Yilahu, Qiuling, and Shanshan. Reserves in the basin are pegged at

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