Chinese contractor Offshore Oil Engineering Company (COOEC) has completed laying the first section of umbilicals for the Lingshui 17-2 deep-water gas field in the Qiongdongnan basin of the South China Sea.

The operation, conducted by COOEC’s deep-water vessel Hai Yang Shi You 286 in water depth of 1546 metres, took four days to complete.

The umbilicals spans 4.7 kilometres linking the A6 well and the manifold to the semi-submersible production platform Shen Hai Yi Hao (Deepwater 1).

The umbilicals were transported to China in early February by the offshore construction and cable-lay vessel Connector owned by Belgian maritime contractor Jan De Nul Group from Norway.