China's CNOOC shuts Suizhong 36-1 oilfield after oil spill

13 July 2011 04:39  [Source: ICIS news]

GUANGZHOU (ICIS)--China National Offshore Oil Corp (CNOOC) has shut down production at its Suizhong (SZ) 36-1 oilfield located at Bohai Bay after a spill on 12 July, which was caused by a malfunctioning of equipment, a company official said on Wednesday.

“The oilfield remains shut now. At the moment, we are not able to tell when production will be resumed,” said CNOOC spokeswoman Ding Jianchun.

The volume of the spill was estimated at 0.1 to 0.15cbm (cubic metres) and was spread over an area of one square kilometre, CNOOC said in a statement.

The source of the leak was disconnected immediately after the spill and most of the oil slick was cleared by late Tuesday, the statement said.

The equipment fault was also fixed on Tuesday, it added.

The SZ36-1 is an independent oilfield owned by CNOOC, with CNOOC China Limited Tianjin branch in charge of its daily operation and management, the statement said.

This is the third time in two months that CNOOC has had its operations disrupted at different production sites. On 4 June, a spill occurred at Peng Lai 19-3 oilfield, while a fire broke out at the company’s 240,000 bb/day Huizhou refinery on 11 July.

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