A joint venture of China Natural Petroleum Corp. and Chevron Corp. has started commercial production from Luojiazhai natural gas field, part of the Chuandongbei sour-gas project in the Sichuan basin of southwestern China (OGJ Online, Nov. 9, 2009).
Luojiazhai, one of five fields in the project, has design capacity to produce 3 billion cu m/year and a current capacity of 9.8 million cu m/day. A second field, Gunziping, is under development.
Completed so far in the project are a 3 billion cu m/year sour-gas processing plant, a 400,000 tonne/year sulfur plant, a gas-gathering station, and 29 km of gathering pipelines. A second gas processing plant is planned.
Total design capacity of the project is 5.8 billion cu m/year.
CNPC holds a 51% interest in the project. Chevron, through wholly owned Unocal East China Sea Ltd., holds 49%.