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Forums held in Houston to promote China-U.S. energy cooperation


16:36, May 08, 2013

HOUSTON, May 7 (Xinhua) -- Two forums were held Tuesday in the fourth largest U.S. city of Houston to promote China-U.S. energy cooperation.

The 3rd U.S.-China Petroleum Forum and the 2013 China-U.S. Shale Gas Technology Forum were held on the sideline of the Offshore Technology Conference (OTC), one of the world's largest offshore technology shows that attracts a large number of Chinese energy companies.

As the U.S.-China Petroleum Forum promotes cooperation on energy between the two countries , the China-U.S. Shale Gas Technology Forum focuses specifically on helping foster partnership in the field of shale gas, whose robust growth in recent years has led to major increases in reserves of U.S. natural gas.

"The development of shale gas has changed the energy landscape in the U.S.," said Song Cao, president of U.S. Shale Gas Technology Center, the sponsor of the shale gas technology forum.

"There is also an increasing demand for shale gas in China," Cao said. However, he said, the Chinese companies generally are not familiar with shale gas. Making shale gas an economic and accessible resource is not easy, he said.

The goal of the newly established U.S. Shale Gas Technology Center is connecting small and medium-sized U.S. energy companies with Chinese companies, Cao said.

The U.S. shale gas development was initially driven by small- and medium-sized companies and those companies now have hand-on experience and applicable technologies and equipment in this field, according to Cao.

"Small- and medium-sized Chinese companies may not have the opportunities to team up with big U.S. companies, that's why we are here helping foster partnership between small- and medium-sized U.S. and Chinese companies," Cao said.

Those small- and medium-sized U.S. companies are interested in the Chinese market and the cooperation will benefit both sides, according to Cao.

Attendees at both forums Tuesday voiced optimism about enhanced energy cooperation between two world's largest economies. Local officials also expressed hope for expanding energy cooperation between China and Houston, the so-called U.S. energy capital.

"Houston and China have seen our trade relationship grow dramatically, especially in the last 10 years," Bill Banta, chairman of the Greater Houston Partnership's Foreign Direct Investment Committee, said at the U.S.-China Petroleum Forum, an event co-sponsored by the Global Chinese Petroleum Entrepreneur Association and the Greater Houston Partnership.

Total trade between Houston and China has grown by more than 11.3 billion U.S. dollars since 2000, representing a compound annual growth rate of 19.45 percent, according to Banta.

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