Chinese teams exploring for oil and natural gas in the Tibetan Plateau have drilled a seven kilometer borehole, the South China Morning Post reported Monday. It is the deepest ever drilled at such extreme altitudes, mainland scientists were quoted as saying. Tibet’s remoteness, thin air and lack of infrastructure have complicated exploration activities in the region. But the government wants to lessen the country’s dependence on oil imports and is aggressively funding domestic scientific research. The latest project is shrouded in secrecy. Professor Li Haibing, a researcher with the Chinese Academy of Geological Sciences, would not reveal the project’s location and declined to identify which state-owned oil companies were active in the region, the report said.
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