In early November, the gas pipeline network around Junggar Basin became operational after a two-week trial. The pipeline network has a total length of 1515 kilometers with a delivery capacity of 12 billion cubic meters per annum.
The completion of this pipeline network provides a preparation for gas production growth and will expand the development space of natural gas industry in the area. It is predicted that the pipeline network will satisfy the need for gas deliverability of the basin in the next 10 years.
The Junggar Basin is strategically significant for China's onshore oil and gas production replacement due to its abundant natural gas resources. Xinjiang Oilfield produced 2.9 billion cubic meters of natural gas in 2007, and has planned to produce 5 billion in 2010, and 10 billion around 2015.
This pipeline network can effectively solve the gas transportation problem facing Xinjiang Oilfield. Through these pipelines, natural gas produced from Xinjiang Oilfield can be transported to Dushanzi, Urumqi and Karamay Petrochemicals.
The Junggar Basin is also the stand-by gas supplier for the Second West-East Gas Pipeline. Natural gas transported by this pipeline network can greatly relief supply and demand contradiction of surrounding areas, meet domestic gas demand and improve air quality in Urumqi, Karamay, Shihezi and other major cities in Xinjiang, so as to promote the harmonious development of economy and society.
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