In order to promote the development of Western China, new guidelines have been set to develop the region’s energy structure, through:
- The development of coal bed methane, and a new coal reserve base;
- New oil and gas production and pipelines;
- The promotion of “clean energy bases” and the construction of new west-to-east power transmission lines.
The guidelines emphasize the importance of improving the capacity to innovative, including the promotion of mass entrepreneurship and greater technology research. Budget support will be made available to provincial governments, and state banks will be directed to give preferential loans.