China’s CNOOC Limited has made a new shallow-water oil and gas discovery on its Bozhong 13-2 field in the Bohai Bay offshore China.

The operator on Monday said the BZ13-2-2 discovery well, which was drilled to a total depth of 5233 metres, encountered around 346 metres of oil pay zones. The successful probe flowed approximately 1980 barrels per day of oil and 5.25 million cubic feet per day of gas during testing.

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“The successful exploration of Bozhong 13-2 structure is another remarkable exploration achievement for the company to continuously enhancing its efforts in oil and gas exploration and production offshore China,” said Zhou Xinhuai, general manager of CNOOC Limited’s exploration department.

"After obtaining [the] Bozhong 19-6 large-sized condensate gas field, the company has made [a] significant breakthrough in the exploration of another type of buried hill in Bohai, which not only has important promotion value but also demonstrates promising exploration prospect in Bohai."

The Bozhong 13-2 structure is located in the south-western Ring of Bozhong Sag in the Bohai Bay with an average water depth of about 23.2 metres.