News | March 26, 2012

CNPC And Shell Sign First Shale Gas Production Sharing Contract In China

China National Petroleum Corporation (CNPC) and Shell China Exploration and Production Company Limited (Shell) recently signed a Production Sharing Contract (PSC) for shale gas exploration, development and production in the Fushun-Yongchuan block in the Sichuan Basin, China.

Subject to government approval, this is the first shale gas PSC ever signed in China. The contract area covers approximately 3,500 square kilometres.

Zhao Zhengzhang, Vice President of PetroChina Company Limited, and Lim Haw-Kuang, Executive Chairman of Shell Companies in China, signed the PSC at a ceremony in Beijing. Jiang Jiemin, Chairman of CNPC, and Peter Voser, Chief Executive Officer of Royal Dutch Shell plc, witnessed the signing.

"We are delighted about this new milestone in our strategic cooperation with CNPC," said Peter Voser. "China has huge shale gas potential and we are committed to making a contribution in bringing that potential into reality."

Shell will apply its advanced technology, operational expertise and global experience in the project to jointly develop the shale gas resources with CNPC.

About Royal Dutch Shell plc
Royal Dutch Shell plc is incorporated in England and Wales, has its headquarters in The Hague and is listed on the London, Amsterdam, and New York stock exchanges. Shell companies have operations in more than 90 countries and territories with businesses including oil and gas exploration and production; production and marketing of liquefied natural gas and gas to liquids; manufacturing, marketing and shipping of oil products and chemicals and renewable energy projects. For further information, visit

Shell procured about $1b worth of equipment and services from China in 2011, of which $300m for its China upstream operations and $700m for its global businesses outside of China.

SOURCE: Royal Dutch Shell plc