China's Offshore Oil Engineering Company (COOEC) is set to deliver in mid-January the world's first deep-water semi-submersible production platform with liquids storage facilities.

The unit is destined for the Lingshui 17-2 gas field in the South China Sea's Qiongdongnan basin.

Delivery is scheduled for 12 January, with sailaway expected four days later.

This follows the floater's hull and topsides integration at CIMC Raffles in Yantai city last October using the giant crane Taisun.

In late November, COOEC completed installation of the pulleys for the steel catenary riser (SCR).