14 July 2011 07:30 [Source: ICIS news]
GUANGZHOU (ICIS)--The China National Offshore Oil Corp (CNOOC) said on Thursday that production has been suspended on governmental orders at two platforms of the Peng Lai 19-3 (PL19-3) oilfield at Bohai Bay in northeastern China.
The State Oceanic Administration (SOA) ordered the suspension at platforms B and C on 13 July, following oil leaks that occurred in early June.
Oil leaks from the two platforms are estimated to be about 1,500-2,000 bbl, according to oilfield operator ConocoPhillips China (COPC).
The Peng Lai project, China’s biggest offshore oilfield, is jointly developed by CNOOC, which holds a 51% interest, and COPC, which holds the remaining stake.
CNOOC said in a separate statement that it has completed the cleanup of a minor oil spill at the Suizhong (SZ) 36-1 oilfield and had resumed production in the afternoon on 13 July.
The spill at SZ36-1, also located at Bohai Bay, occurred on 12 July as a result of an equipment malfunction.
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