China halts production at two oilfield platforms at Peng Lai

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.

The outage will be in place until the risks of another spill are eliminated and will result in a reduction of 22,000 bbl/day in net output, CNOOC said in a statement written in Mandarin.

Oil leaks from the two platforms are estimated to be about 1,500-2,000 bbl, according to oilfield operator ConocoPhillips China (COPC).

The SOA said last week that the spill had polluted about 840sqkm of seawater, and nearly 70cbm of the polluted water had been recovered as of 4 July.

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.

By: Fanny Zhang
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