Oil and natural gas output from two of China’s leading fields again crept upward last year, according to reports that cited data from China National Petroleum Corp. (CNPC) and China Petroleum and Chemical Corp. (Sinopec).

Oil and gas production in the Tarim Oilfield, China’s largest ultra-deep onshore play, hit a record 33.1 million tons (Mt) in 2022, according to CNPC data. That’s up by 1.28 Mt from 2021. Natural gas output from the field hit 32.3 billion cubic meters (Bcm), or about 1.1 Tcf last year. 

The Tarim Basin in northwest China’s crude and gas reserves accounted for 60% of the country’s onshore ultra-deep assets and 19% of the global total, CNPC said. 

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