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This paper discusses the successful application of managed-pressure drilling (MPD) in the basin with reduction in risks and well costs. The national oil company’s aim to lift oil and gas production and reserves over the next few years will rely on growth from big international projects, including those in Nigeria, Guyana, and the US. The country continues to step up its delivery of shale gas, but has a long ways to go to meet the government's target. Chevron, ConocoPhillips, Equinor, Shell, and Total are among nine firms looking to explore the Pearl River Mouth Basin. This paper presents a literature review to determine the engineering challenges and opportunities presented by CBM production in China.