ConocoPhillips China completes Bohai Bay oil spill clean-up

31 August 2011 13:37  [Source: ICIS news]

GUANGZHOU (ICIS)--ConocoPhillips China (COPC) has completed sealing and clean-up operations which were requested by China’s ocean watchdog following oil spills in June at the country’s Bohai Bay, the company said on Wednesday.

COPC, the operator of Peng Lai 19-3 oilfield, was required to completely seal off spill sources and also clean up oil-based mud by the end of August, according to China’s State Oceanic Administration (SOA).

The company has now submitted a comprehensive report to the SOA after completing the required tasks, it said.

The spill was estimated to involve 700 barrels of oil and 2,500 barrels of mineral oil-based drilling mud.

The SOA said on its website that the incident had polluted 5,500 sq km of water, of which 870 sq km was seriously polluted. The agency said it would file a lawsuit to claim compensation for damages to the ocean ecology.

ConocoPhillips owns a 49% stake in the oilfield and acts as the operator, while China's top offshore oil and gas producer CNOOC Ltd has a 51% stake.

By: Fanny Zhang
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