This year, PetroChina’s Xinjiang Oilfield Company has been fully develop
ing the Jimsar shale oil field, which boasts 1 billion tons of shale oil reserves, Xinhua reported.
The company has mobilized 36 drilling rigs, started drilling on 47 wells and completed eight wells till now. The daily drille
d footage surpassed 2,000 meters and the total drilled footage reached 160,000 meters.
PetroChina has ramped up exploration efforts on Bohai Bay Basin, Songliao Basin, Ordo
s Basin and Junggar Basin in recent years and shale oil was listed as one of the four exploration goals. Dagang Oilfi
eld, Xinjiang Oilfield, Tuha Oilfield and Changqing Oilfield have been set as important demonstration zones.
Xinjiang Oilfield Company said it planned to mobilize 45 drilling rigs this year to finish drilling nearly 100 wells.
eign exchange reserves at $3.095 trillion at the end of April. The reserve amount was stable, altho
ugh it slightly retreated from $3.098 trillion at the end of March, according to the State Administration of Foreign Exchange.
Li Yang, director of the National Institution for Finance and Development of the Chinese Academy
of Social Sciences, said that China is unlikely to sacrifice foreign exchange reserves to de
fend its currency, even if depreciation pressure rises amid any escalation in trade tension.
In May, the offshore RMB exchange rate against the US dollar dropped more than 3 percen
t under market pressure as global investors worried about the escalation of trade friction.
Guo Shuqing, Party secretary of the People’s Bank of China, the central bank, said on Monday that higher US tariffs on Chin
a’s imports triggered financial market volatility, and this also affected the offshore RMB.