China's Largest Desert Oilfield Starts Operations

BEIJING - Shixi Oilfield, China's largest desert oilfield in the Xinjiang
Uygur Autonomous Region, has gone into full operation and is expected to
produce more than a million tons of oil by the end of the year. The 123 sq.
km. oilfield is located in the Gurbantunggut Desert, in the heart of the
Junggar Basin. It has proven oil reserves of 120 million tons and proven gas
reserves of 30 billion cu.m. The oilfield has a designed production capacity
of 1.1 million tons.