Oil and gas discovery in Xinjiang, China

China has discovered a new 900-million-tonne oil and gas field in the Tarim Basin in the northwestern Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region after six years’ intensive exploration, according to China National Petroleum Corporation (CNPC),

The well is located around the Manshen No.2 well in Fuman area, a 10,000-square-kilometer area south of the Tarim River and in the heart of the Taklimakan Desert. Its drilling depth reached 8,470 meters and the height of the test oil column, at 550 meters, set both the deepest oil production record and the highest oil column record in the desert area of the Tarim Basin.

The Fuman Oilfield, where the super-deep well is situated, is the main block for crude oil production in the Tarim Oilfield. Its major oil producing zone is about 8,000 meters deep.

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