China’s CNOOC cleans up minor oil spill at Bohai Bay pipeline

17 October 2011 05:01  [Source: ICIS news]

GUANGZHOU (ICIS)--The China National Offshore Oil Corp (CNOOC) has cleaned up an oil sheen near the Jinzhou 9-3 West oilfield in Bohai Bay resulting from a damaged subsea pipeline, the company said over the weekend.

About 0.38 cubic meters of oil was spilled as a result of the leakage, which occurred at around 17:00 hours Beijing time (09:00 GMT) on 14 October, the company said in a statement on its website.

The spill was cleaned up by 15:20 hours Beijing time on 15 October and the oil leak did not reach the shore, the company said.

The company shut down operations at Platform B of the oilfield immediately after the incident, which reduced its production by approximately 1,600 bbl/day, CNOOC added.

The company has not yet decided when to resume operations at Platform B, a company official told ICIS.

The Jinzhou 9-3 West oilfield is independently owned and operated by CNOOC.

The incident is the latest in a series of offshore oil spills in the Bohai Bay. CNOOC earlier suspended production at two platforms of the Peng Lai 19-3 oilfield following oil spills in June.

The Peng Lai oilfield is operated by ConocoPhillips China (COPC), which owns a 49% stake, while CNOOC owns the rest.

By: Fanny Zhang
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