Production begin at Chunxiao gas field
Updated: 2006-08-06 09:23
BEIJING - China National Offshore Oil Corp (CNOOC) said gas production has
started from an oil and gas field in the East China Sea.
On an inspection tour at the Chunxiao
field last month, a senior government official said the first stage of gas
production had begun and urged CNOOC to make good use of its resources, the
company's website reported.
||A picture taken
on September 9, 2005 shows the Chunxiao gas field.
"The first phase of Chunxiao oil and gas field has already entered the
production stage," Zhang Guobao, vice director of the National Development and
Reform Commission, was quoted by the website as saying.
"But inadequate gas usage from downstream users has limited the speed of the
oil field's exploration," he added, according to an AFP report.
Japan has disputed China on the maritime boundary that lies between them, and
Beijing has insisted its explorations in its East China Sea are within China's
However, Japan has claimed the gas field lies too close to its Exclusive
Economic Zone (EEZ) -- a delineation not recognized by China. Japan has also
claimed that CNOOC might siphon off resources from deep undersea.
The Japanese foreign ministry could not be reached for comment on Saturday,
But Japanese business daily Nihon Keizai Shimbun quoted unnamed foreign
ministry sources as saying that Japan has started examining counter-measures
against China's development of a gas field. If gas production at Chunxiao is
confirmed, Japan will officially protest against China and call for an immediate
halt of drilling, it said.
Japan would try to resolve the dispute through dialogue but
would step up its measures if China denies its request, the report