Roc pursuing further oil in South China Sea

Offshore staff

SYDNEY, Australia -- Roc Oil (China) has started exploration drilling on block 22/12 in the Beibu Gulf in the South China Sea.

The campaign, conducted by the jackup Hai Yang Shi You (HYSY) 931, is designed to test the limits of the WZ6-12 oil field and additional prospects nearby. The well is in 30 m (98 ft) of water and targets a TD of 1,600 m (5,249 ft.).

CNOOC is operating the current Beibu Project development of the WZ6-12 and WZ12-8 West oil field facilities.

AS many as four exploration wells will be drilled, with the combined drilling program slated to be completed next summer.



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