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This paper discusses a study undertaken to gain better understanding of nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) characteristics of volcanic reservoirs with different lithologies. My visit to China consisted of some very substantial meetings with the members from the SPE Beijing Section as well as the Northern China International Section. As the country pushes for higher output from its emerging unconventional sector, nature is pushing back. To get better results, operators there are increasing their reliance on technology. This paper discusses the successful application of managed-pressure drilling (MPD) in the basin with reduction in risks and well costs.