My work: China enters deep waters

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Since I wrote this for Al Jazeera English in March 2013, China’s growing deepwater ambitions have ratcheted up tensions in the South China Sea. Last year China’s main offshore energy explorer CNOOC launched its first deepwater natural gas project in the South China Sea, and then triggered a months-long maritime standoff with Vietnam by towing its biggest oil rig into Vietnamese waters.

CNOOC, owned and controlled by the Chinese central government, sees the underexplored, tempestuous deep waters of the South China Sea as a source of future oil and gas production growth. Its existing fields are mature and are in decline. Venturing further afield is the company’s best hope.

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My work: Energy-hungry China seeks shale gas supremacy

Posted: December 24th, 2012 | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | No Comments »

Hydraulic fracturing operations by Anton Oilfield Services in Sichuan province, southwest China, courtesy of Anton Oilfield.

Al Jazeera English published the following article on its website on 13 December 2012. It investigates the formidable array of environmental, technical and geologic challenges confronting widespread development of shale gas in China. The article after the jump.

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