The "shale gas revolution" exerting impact on global energy sphere with the accelerated rates enters a stage of commercial production in China. The country was included into world top three on production together with the USA and Canada.
In 2016 the production volume of shale gas in the People's Republic of China reached 7,882 billion cubic meters, the head of department of the ministry of land and natural resources Yu Haifeng said.
According to him, thanks to long-term efforts China achieved significant progress searching, investigation and development of shale gas. At the moment in the territory of the Sichuan hollow and the sea areas adjoining to it the geological inventory of shale gas was reconnoitered by amount of 764,3 billion cubic meters, including 600,8 billion cubic meters are revealed in deposits of shale breeds of the Fuling field in the city of Chongqing. Thus, Fuling became the largest shale field in the world except North America.
It is expected that by the end of this year in the field Fuling production capacities with annual average amount of 10 billion cubic meters of gas will be created, Interfax reports.
Other large-scale deposit with the reconnoitered inventory in 163,5 billion cubic meters is in the Region of WeiYuan-Channin of the Province of Sichuan.
Together with it productive investigations are conducted also in the basin of the Yangtze River, largest in China, where forming of two large bases of commercial development of shale gas is expected: one is in the city of Tszunyi of the Province of Guizhou in headwaters of the river, another is in the city of Ichang of the Province of Hubei in the middle stream.