Sinopec's Fuling Field Sets Production Record
Output at the Fuling shale gas field in Chongqing has reached a daily record of 20.62mn m3, state-owned Sinopec has reported.
Fuling, located in central southwest China's Sichuan basin, became operational in 2013 and serves as a key source of supply for the Sichuan-East pipeline. It passed the 30bn-m3 cumulative production milestone earlier this year.
“Since the beginning of 2020, the Fuling shale gas field achieved full recovery of production through non-stop drilling rig operations and rapid resumption of fracturing gas testing despite the Covid-19 outbreak,” the company said. “It has continuously broken the records for the shortest gas field drilling cycle while increasing the drilling of high-quality reservoirs significantly, covering over 3mn m. Gas field production construction has been expanded to raise production capacity.”
According to Sinopec, the Fuling shale gas field now maintains a stable daily output of 20mn m3, producing an estimated 6.7bn m3 of shale gas over a full year. Last month, Sinopec increased its estimate for proven reserves at the field by almost 192bn m3.