China National Offshore Oil Corp. Ltd. (CNOOC) commenced first production from the Huizhou 25-8 oil field/Xijiang 24-3 oil field in the Xijiang 24-1 District Joint Development Project in the South China Sea, the Chinese state-owned oil and gas company announced in a press release Monday.
The joint project, located in the Pearl River Mouth Basin of the South China Sea, lies in average water depth of approximately 328 feet (100 meters).
CNOOC, which has 100 percent ownership of the project, indicated that the main production facilities include 2 drilling and production platforms and 29 producing wells. There are 4 wells producing currently approximately 6,300 barrels of crude oil per day, with the project expected to reach peak production of approximately 33,000 barrels per day in 2016.
Operatorship of the Xijiang 24-3 oil field, which original operator Phillips China Inc. had commenced production in November 1994, was transferred in January 2010 to CNOOC Ltd. The company revealed that the Xijiang 24-1 district is the adjustment project for this oilfield.
The Huizhou 25-8 oilfield and Xijiang 24-3 oilfield Xijiang 24-1 district project is a joint development project sharing one floating production storage and offloading unit (FPSO).
The production start-up of the Xijiang 24-1 District Joint Development Project is the second by CNOOC since mid-October, when first oil flowed at the Enping 24-2 field in the Pearl River Mouth Basin of the South China Sea.
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