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China has the largest shale gas reserves, estimated to be the equivalent of 212 billion barrels of oil, the U.S. Energy Information Administration says

AAG Energy Receives Preliminary ODP Approval for Mabi Block

BEIJING, Dec. 11, 2013 AAG Energy Limited (AAG), the leading independent Coalbed Methane (CBM) company in China, announced today that the Overall Development Plan (ODP) for its Mabi CBM Project in Shanxi Province, obtained preliminary approval from the National Energy Administration (NEA) of China.

Sinopec Developing Second Gas Storage Facility
November 19th, 2013 - Chinese energy giant Sinopec is building a second natural gas storage facility with a capacity of 10.42 billion cubic meters, at Zhongyuan in China.

The National Development and Reform Commission has approved the results of the feasibility study for the Wen-23 gas storage project. Sinopec started its first gas storage facility, the Wen-96 project, in September 2012.

The Wen 96 project has accumulated 232 million cu m of gas to date, and is expected to store a further 60 million cu m over the coming winter and spring seasons, Platts reported. The project has storage capacity of 588 million cu m and stores gas from the Wen 96 gas field in the Zhongyuan block.

The two gas projects are part of plans to build more than 20 gas storage facilities to help ease shortages during peak demand periods.

Gas-fired Huadian Qishuyan Cogeneration Expansion Project
BEIJING - 18 November 2013 - Beijing, China - Work has begun preparing the site on Jiangsu Huadian Qishuyan Power Generation Company Limited's (Changzhou, Jiangsu) 930-megawatt, gas-fired cogeneration expansion project at the Qishuyan Power Plant. Final approval from the National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) was given on October 10, 2013. The gas power plant should be operational in 2015.

Pipeline explosion halts gas supplies to southern China: Xinhua
May 26, 2013 - Reuters - A section of a cross-country gas pipeline in China exploded on Sunday, injuring at least two people and halting gas supplies, local media said.
Energy released from the explosion knocked over people hundreds of meters away, Xinhua said, without detailing the length of the exploded pipeline. The government is investigating the cause of the explosion, the agency said.

China Gas Blast Toll Climbs to 233
December 29, 2003 - LA Times - The death toll from a natural gas explosion in southwestern China climbed to 233 on Sunday as rescue workers began cleaning up a vast "death zone," the official New China News Agency said.

Medical workers were disinfecting eight villages, testing drinking water and poisoned crops near the site of the blast, a gas field in Chongqing, said Zhang Mingkui, director of the Kaixian County Bureau of Environmental Protection.
About 41,000 people were evacuated after the blowout on Tuesday. Some began returning home over the weekend, but people with houses within three miles of the explosion were still not allowed to return.

The cloud of noxious gas swept across a 10-square-mile area Tuesday, devastating villages and poisoning farms. More bodies were found in mountain villages Sunday, pushing the death toll up by 35.

About 1,000 workers were clearing away almost 4,000 animals, including cattle, pigs, rabbits, ducks, chickens and dogs, killed by the gas, the news agency said.

Workers poured hundreds of cubic yards of mud and cement into the 1,320-foot-deep well Saturday, plugging a mix of natural gas and sulphurated hydrogen that caused acid burns to the eyes, skin and lungs of victims.

Gas explosion turns Chinese villages into “a death zone”
31 December 2003 - World Socialist Website - A toxic gas blowout at a drilling well in the municipality of Chongqing in south-west China on the night of December 23 has killed at least 233 people. More than 9,000 people have been treated for gas poisoning after inhaling hydrogen sulphide—also known as rotten egg gas. It causes skin burns, eye irritation and respiratory problems at low levels and is lethal at high concentrations.

News agencies reported horrific scenes—people lying dead in villages and on roads, and the bodies of domestic animals littered around with white foam coming from their nostrils. Worst hit was the village of Xiaoyang—next to the gas well—where 90 percent of the residents were killed, including entire families. Many died in their sleep or were too old to escape.

'Negligence' behind China gas blast
2 January, 2004 - BBC - A Chinese safety official has said a gas explosion which killed at least 233 people in the country's southwest last week was due to negligence.

Sun Huashan, deputy director of the State Administration for Work Safety, told state television that a crew drilling in a natural gas field had misjudged the amount of gas in the well which burst.

A total of 64,000 people fled after the natural gas well burst in the town of Gaoqiao near Chongqing, releasing a high concentration of natural gas and sulphurated hydrogen.

Survivors described the gas as an acrid black fog that clung to the ground, choking them and burning their eyes and skin.

The gas field was operated by the state-run oil company China National Petroleum Corporation.




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