CNOOC starts up fifth project off China in 2020

by 21, Sep, 2020Innovation0 comments

Chinese oil and gas company CNOOC has produced the first oil from the Liuhua 16-2 and 20-1 joint development project has started production.

The Liuhua
16-2 and 20-2 oilfield joint development project is located in the eastern
South China Sea, in an average water depth of around 410 meters. 

The
development includes one newbuild 150,000 dwt FPSO and three underwater
production systems.

CNOOC said
on Sunday that a total of 26 development wells were planned to be put into
production and development.

The project
is expected to reach its peak production of approximately 72,800 barrels of
crude oil per day in 2022.

It is worth
noting that CNOOC holds 100 per cent interest in the Liuhua 16-2 oilfield/ 20-2
oilfield joint development project.

Liuhua 16-2
was discovered in May 2010 and contains 67-metre-thick oil pay zones. Located
in the north-eastern part of Baiyun Sag, it is the first oil discovery to be
made in the region.

The Liuhua
20-2 field was discovered by the LH20-2-1 discovery well in May 2015. The well
was drilled to a depth of 2,970 metres and encountered 35.2-metre–thick oil
pay zones. It was tested and flowed at the rate of 8,000 barrels of oil per
day, with a crude oil density of 0.75.

To remind, CNOOC said in January that ten new projects were expected to come on stream. The projects in question were Luda 21-2/16-3 project, Penglai 19-3/Penglai 19-9, Qinhuangdao 33-1 South oil field phase I, Bozhong 19-6 gas field pilot area development project, Nanbao 35-2 oil filed S1 area, Jinzhou 25-1 oil field 6/11 area, Liuhua 29-1 gas field development project, and Liuhua 16-2/20-2 joint development project in offshore China.

The only two projects, not offshore China, are the Liza oil field Phase 1 in Guyana and Buzzard oil field Phase II in the UK.

In the same pre-COVID announcement, CNOOC Limited stated it would have a $13.7 billion 2020 capex budget to increase in its oil and gas reserves and production with 227 exploration wells planned to be drilled during the year.

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