PetroChina takes measures to protect environment of Tarim oil field

Sep 15, 2004 02:00 AM

As the source of natural gas now being piped from the west of China to the east, the Tarim oil field has taken measures to protect the environment. Oil field officials are determined that exploitation of the area's natural resources will not result in destruction of the environment.
The Taklimakan Desert is the largest in China and is located in the centre of the Tarim Basin in northwest China's Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region. The desert area includes the 11 oil exploitation districts and five oil and gas production bases of the Tarim oil field.

The oil field is the sixth largest on land in China and serves the west-east gas pipeline. To ensure sustainable development, the oil field authorities put great value on environmental protection.
Fan Songwen, deputy project manager of Tarim Oil Field Company, PetroChina, said, "We put environmental protection at the same level of importance as the project's timetable, work safety and quality."

As well as working to reduce the destructive effects of oil field exploitation, the authorities are also stepping up efforts to construct a sound ecological environment. Over 3,000 hectares of trees have been planted along the desert highway, watered by means of drip irrigation.
The central government insists that enterprises that exploit natural resources, such as in the Tarim oil field, protect the environment.

Source: China Central Television
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