Zhaotong is a producing unconventional gas field located onshore China and is operated by China National Petroleum.

Field participation details

The field is owned by China National Petroleum.

Production from Zhaotong

The Zhaotong unconventional gas field recovered 17.62% of its total recoverable reserves, with peak production expected in 2026. The peak production will approximately 245 Mmcfd of natural gas. Based on economic assumptions, production will continue until the field reaches its economic limit in 2056.

Remaining recoverable reserves

The field is expected to recover 245.52 Mmboe, comprised of 1,473.13 bcf of natural gas reserves. Zhaotong unconventional gas field reserves accounts 0.21% of total remaining reserves of producing unconventional gas fields globally.

About China National Petroleum

China National Petroleum Corp (CNPC) is an integrated energy company with operations covering the entire oil and gas industry value chain. Its businesses encompass oil and gas exploration and development, refining and chemicals, marketing and trading, natural gas and pipelines. The company produces equipment for exploration and production, oilfield services, pipeline construction, refining and chemical processing, and offshore engineering. CNPC also designs and constructs oil and gas field production facilities, pipeline, storage tank, refinery and chemical plant, and offshore engineering. It provides services in geophysical prospecting, drilling, well logging, mud logging and downhole operations. The company also has presence in new energy development, capital management, finance and insurance service sectors. CNPC is headquartered in Beijing, China.


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