State-run CPC Corp, Taiwan (CPC, 台灣中油) said its three natural gas wells in central Taiwan began production on Monday, with a total output of 100,000m3 per day.
CPC said in a statement that operations at the Chuhuangkeng (出磺坑) No. 145, No. 146 and No. 147 wells in Gongguan Township (公館) in Miaoli County began trial runs last month with an initial output of about 30,000m3 per day.
“The output is expected to steadily increase to 100,000m3 in March to cope with market demand,” the refiner said in the statement.
There has been drilling for coal, oil and natural gas in the Chuhuangkeng area for more than 100 years, according to CPC.
CPC started drilling for oil and natural gas at the Chuhuangkeng No. 145 well on Aug. 2, 2009.
On May 1, 2010, it found new oil-gas layers after reaching a depth of 3,800m.
It later decided to drill wells No. 146 and No. 147 in anticipation of finding hydrocarbon deposits in areas that have similar geological structures.
In June 2004, CPC discovered natural gas reserves at wells in what is now Guantian District (官田), Greater Tainan, which may hold as much as 400 million cubic meters of natural gas, according to the Industrial Development Bureau’s data.
Those wells are still in the development process, the bureau said.