March 2016, Vol. 243, No. 3

Features

BP Sets Up Shale Gas Operation in China

UK-listed BP and China’s CNPC aren’t exactly strangers, already jointly developing Iraq’s Rumaila oilfield, but BP’s new shale gas deal with CNPC is the British company’s first foray into China – and it’s a major strategic move that gauges which way the winds are blowing in today’s energy sector. Last week, BP announced it had signed a production sharing agreement with China’s CNPC for the development of shale gas resources in the Neijiang-Dazu deposit in the Sichuan Basin. The agreement is the next step in a framework agreement reached by the two companies last year. But it’s much more than a simple agreement. China has been eager to exploit its shale oil and gas reserves for some time n

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