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Oil workers' life in Karamy in Xinjiang
2005-7-8 12:44:35     
We'll look at the lives of two very different groups of people C firstly oil workers in Western China's biggest oil field. Then we're off to the other side of the country to meet some folks from the Dong ethnic group.

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Oil plays an ever more important role in our modern lives. Millions of vehicles on our roads need oil to run, most of the plastic materials we use in our day to day lives need oil to be produced. With rapid economic development, even more oil is needed. Today we'll take you to an oilfield in northwestern China's Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region and meet some oil production workers. Shan Shan has the Details.

The oilfield that we are going to visit is called Karamay, the largest oilfield in China's western region. Fifty years ago, China began to build the oilfield on the Gobi desert, west of Junggar basin. After 5 decades of development, the oilfield now produces 12 million tons of crude oil and 3 billion cubic metres of natural gas annually.

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