China's CNOOC Ltd is gearing up for first gas within months at the Lingshui deep-water development as the giant semi-submersible production platform arrives on site in the Qiongdongnan basin in the South China Sea.

The Shen Hai Yi Hao (Deepwater 1), built by China's Offshore Oil Engineering Company (COOEC), arrived at the Lingshui 17-2 gas field on 6 February.

The floater — featuring 11,300 square metres of deck space and carrying a total steel weight of 33,000 tonnes — left Yantai city of eastern China’s Shandong province on January 14 and is being permanently moored at the Lingshui gas field.