China has built six oilfields in desert areas in northwest China
China has built six oilfields in desert areas in northwest China's Xinjiang Region. Each oilfield has an annual output of 1 million tons.
The largest oilfield, named Hadexun, contains 1.5 million tons of crude oil a year, becoming the largest oilfield not only in this area, but in China as well. The accumulated output of Lunnan, Tazhong and Cainan oilfields have surpassed 10 million tons.
Operation of these oilfields raised the region's annual oil output from 7 million tons in 1990 to 21.41 million tons in 2003.
Xinjiang is expected to replace northeast China as the new energy base of China. It will supply over one fifth of China's total oil by 2010, including an output of 35 million tons and an import of 10 million tons of crude oil from Kazakhstan.