China National Petroleum Corp. (CNPC) reported Monday that the Chuandongbei Sour Gas Project developed by the company and Chevron Corp. has become operational, with commercial gas produced from the Luojiazhai Gas Field processing plant in Sichuan Basin in southwest China.
The Chuandongbei project, occupies an area of over 309 square miles (800 square kilometers), consists of several gas fields including the Luojiazhai, Tieshanpo, and Dukouhe-Qilibei gas fields.
The Luojiazhai Gas Field, designed to produce 109.53 billion cubic feet (Bcf) or 3 billion cubic meters (Bcm) per annum, currently has a daily production of 346 million cubic feet (9.8 million cubic meters). CNPC added that several facilities related to the project have been completed, including a 109.53 Bcf (3 Bcm) per annum purification plant, a 400 kilotons per annum sulfur plant, a gas gathering station, and an 18 mile (29 kilometer) -long gas collection pipelines.
The Chinese state-owned company holds a 51 percent interest in the project, while Unocal East China Sea Limited (UECSL) – a wholly owned by Chevron – has a 49 percent operating interest in the Chuandongbei project. Both companies signed an agreement to develop the Luojiazhai Gas Field in 2009.
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