December 17, 2010 / 9:09 AM / 9 years ago

Sinopec finds industrial gas flows in China shale

BEIJING, Dec 17 (Reuters) - Sinopec Corp (0386.HK) has struck industrial gas flows from an exploration well in shale reservoirs in central China, in the state oil firm’s early experiments with the unconventional gas resource.

Gas was struck at well-111 in Dongyuemiao shale rocks of Jianghan field, a report posted on the parent company’s website ( said.

The report did not give further details.

Sinopec has since May 2009 set its sights on unconventional resources such as shale plays and tight gas as new frontiers for gas explorations, part of the country’s massive push to boost use of gas following significant discoveries made in the United States.

But the business remains at an infancy stage, with only study works under way and a small number of pilot wells drilled.

Sinopec said in May that shale fracturing in its Fangshen-1 well in southwestern Guizhou province was a success.

For a factbox of China’s fledging shale gas explorations:[ID:nTOE67N00R] (Reporting by Chen Aizhu; Editing by Jacqueline Wong)

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