Natural gas project benefits S Xinjiang residents

Added On December 7, 2019

Now turning to southern Xinjiang...

Thanks to a natural gas project, millions of people in the region have finally said goodbye to the days of living off the grid.
Let's take a look.
Due to long-term poverty, extreme climate and a fragile environment, many residents in southern Xinjiang used to use firewood and coal as fuel, which are both costly and eco-unfriendly. 
But this was changed by the Tarim Oilfield branch of PetroChina, China's largest oil and gas producer.
It launched a natural gas project in 2010 and has piped natural gas across the desert to 42 counties and cities in southern Xinjiang. 
In the first 11 months of this year, the project provided over 3.34 billion cubic meters of natural gas to southern Xinjiang, up 10 percent year on year.
Currently, Tarim Oilfield can supply the region with close to 14.5 million cubic meters of natural gas per day.
So far, the project has benefited more than 4 million people in the Tarim Basin, who only need to pay about one yuan, or about 14 U.S. cents, for one cubic meter of natural gas.