January 23, 2022

Research Tools: New Open-Source Baker Institute (Rice University) Map Charts China’s Oil Infrastructure

From Rice University

Although China has risen to become the world’s second-largest oil consumer, comprehensive and publicly available maps of its oil-related infrastructure remain scarce, according to experts in the Center for Energy Studies at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy.

The experts are now releasing the Baker Institute China Oil Map in the hope that an open, comprehensive and regularly updated source of vital China oil infrastructure data can help facilitate improved analysis by a broader range of participants.


The China Oil Map provides an online, interactive and comprehensive visualization of the country’s key oil infrastructure. The map’s current iteration focuses on four core categories of infrastructure: crude oil pipelines, refined product pipelines, oil refineries, and crude oil and product storage facilities. “The map strives to provide the data on a facility-by-facility level and includes as many as possible of the following data points: facility name, location, owner/operator, designed capacity and operating status,” the authors wrote. “We will frequently update the map as we learn more about infrastructure we already have included, as well as newly constructed facilities and those of which we were not aware before.”

Read the Complete Launch Announcement

Direct to Baker Institute China Oil Map

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