CNOOC steps up production in South China Sea

CNOOC has started production from two new oil field developments in the Beibu Gulf Basin in the South China Sea.

The Weizhou 12-2 project, in an average water depth of 36 m (118 ft), takes in the Weizhou 12-2 and Weizhou 12-1 West oil fields and the northern part of the Weizhou 11-2 oil field.

Main production facilities include three wellhead platforms and 18 wells, all of which are in production, providing total output of around 16,000 b/d.

The Weizhou 11-4 North oil field Phase II project is in water depths averaging 40 m (131 ft). Two wellhead platforms and 15 producer wells are linked to existing adjacent facilities.

Currently, one well is on production, producing around 500 b/d of crude. Later this year, output should build to the designed peak of around 8,000 b/d.

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