Shell operates the onshore Changbei tight-gas field under a PSC with PetroChina. The two parties have also agreed to appraise and develop tight gas in the Jinqiu block of the central Sichuan Province under a 30-year PSC, which expires in 2040. The Jinqiu project achieved first gas in September 2011. Also in Sichuan, Shell and PetroChina are assessing shale-gas opportunities in the Fushun block. The two parties are additionally assessing opportunities in coalbed methane in the Ordos Basin, where Shell has an agreement to evaluate resources in Daning.
Shell is also a partner of the Hangzhou city ring joint venture that develops, operates and manages a high-pressure natural gas pipeline system.