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The Anglo-Dutch energy giant will partner China National Petroleum Corporation (CNPC) in the project.
The deal follow's this week's joint bid with PetroChina, owned by CNPC, for Australia's Arrow Energy gas company.
Shell has been expanding its search for gas assets rapidly, and the deal secures the company a strong presence in resource-hungry China.
Under the agreement, which still needs clearance from the Beijing government, Shell and CNPC will initially search for gas in a 4,000 s
China is the world's second-largest oil and gas consumer after America, and has agreed a string of deals around the world to import resources.
Top companies like Shell has declared interest to reduce investment in Nigeria while China's energy companies have announced plans to spend at least $16 billion on oil and gas fields on the continent.