Chinese offshore operator CNOOC Ltd has achieved first oil at the Enping oil complex in the South China Sea’s Pearl River Mouth basin — the country’s first offshore field with carbon capture and storage facilities.

The Enping complex consists of the Enping 15-1, Enping 10-2, Enping 15-2 and Enping 20-4 fields in average water depth of 90 metres, about 190 kilometres southeast of Hong Kong.

The facilities include two drilling production platforms and one unmanned wellhead platform, which accommodates 48 production wells and is equipped with a remote production function for operations during typhoons.