China Petroleum & Chemical Corporation (Sinopec) has commissioned the largest underground natural gas storage cluster with 10.03 billion cubic metres (bcm) capacity in north China.

The launch of the gas storage cluster follows the completion of the first gas injection by the Wei 11 gas storage facility in the Zhongyuan Oilfield region.

Sinopec expects the gas storage facility to ensure stable gas supply in north China and the Yellow River Basin from winter through spring.

The Zhongyuan gas storage cluster currently comprises three blocks – the Wen 23, Wen 96 and Wei 11.

In a press statement, the firm said: “The Wei 11 gas storage facility that’s now up and running is a key component of establishing the natural gas storage cluster reaching ten billion cubic metres.”

The Wei 11 gas storage facility has a daily peak shaving capacity of five million cubic meters. This can help meet the gas demands of ten million households each day.

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Sinopec plans to commission the Wen 13 West and Bai 9 gas storage facilities by the end of this year.

These two facilities are expected to add about 1.116bcm of gas storage capacity, further boosting the firm’s gas storage and peak shaving capacities.

In an effort to improve peak shaving and gas storage capabilities in the country, the company is working to complete key projects, including the Zhongyuan gas storage cluster and Huangchang gas storage facility in Hubei Province.

It is also due to complete the gas storage facilities, including Yong 21 in Shandong Province, Guxi in Jilin Province and Qingxi in Sichuan Province.

Earlier this year, Reuters reported that Sinopec made new oil and gas discovery in the Xinjiang region. The new find is located in the Shunbei area of the Tarim Basin.

In a local microblogging platform, Sinopec announced that an exploration well at the site achieved a flow of 865t (6,315 barrels) of crude oil and 590,000m³ of natural gas daily.