PetroChina To Boost Output At Key Gas Field In Xinjiang

BEIJING: PetroChina , Asia's largest oil and gas producer, plans to add 12 production wells this year at the Kelasu gas field in northwest China's Tarim basin and raise production capacity at the field by 1.2 billion cubic metres (bcm), state news agency Xinhuareported.

Kelasu is one of the seven main gas fields in the Tarim basin in the northwestern region of Xinjiang, with a total supply capacity of 25 bcm, which is equivalent to 17 percent of China's total gas output.

PetroChina plans to add a total of 7 bcm production capacity at Kelasu by 2020.

Gas production in China is forecast to climb 6-8 percent per year through 2020, after growing at its fastest pace in four years in 2017 to cover a demand surge spurred by the government's gasification drive.