First shale well in China’s Henan province has achieved gas flow, the country’s Xinhua Finance Agency reported. The Mouye No.1 well was drilled in a farmland undergoing urban development in Xiangfu district in the city of Kaifeng.
The gas field in which the well is located is estimated to hold technical recoverable reserves of 12.75 billion cubic meters.
Xinhua Finance Agency quoted experts as saying that detecting shale gas resources in city planning areas is of great importance for developing and exploiting future energy resources for cities.
However, Lin Boqiang, director of the Center for Energy Economics Research at Xiamen University, told the Global Times that it will be more difficult to exploit shale gas wells near populated areas because of the pollution and noise caused by such explorations.
With 162 of wells drilled and 1.14 billion cubic metres of gas produced in 2014, so far the Fuling field – in Chongqing municipality – has been the only major success when it comes to shale in China, even though the country is estimated to have 31,573 billion cubic metres (1,115 trillion cubic feet) of gas – the largest shale gas reserves in the world.
Nevertheless, shale exploration remains high on the government’s agenda, with Beijing aiming at increasing shale gas output to 30 billion cubic meters by 2020.
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