Chinese offshore operator CNOOC Ltd is mulling the second-phase development of its giant Lingshui gas field in the Qiongdongnan basin offshore China as first gas nears from the initial development in the South China Sea.

The company is rolling out options for Lingshui’s second phase, which centres on tapping gas at the Lingshui 25-1 discovery in the same area with the potential to deploy a massive subsea production system (SPS) comprising up to 15 trees.

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