Chinese offshore operator CNOOC Ltd has achieved first oil at the Luda 6-2 oilfield in northern China’s shallow-water Bohai Sea.

Located in Liaodong Bay of Bohai Sea in an average water depth of about 30 metres, the field is expected to reach its peak production of about 10,000 barrels of oil per day in 2022.

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The facilities include a central equipment platform built by sister company Offshore Oil Engineering Company (COOEC) as well as the existing processing facilities of Suizhong 36-1 oilfield.

CNOOC Ltd said a total of 38 development wells are planned at the field, including 29 production wells, eight water injection wells and one development and appraisal well.

CNOOC Limited holds 100% interest in the Luda 6-2 oilfield and acts as the operator.

The company is also commissioning and will soon bring online Luda 6-2’s two sister fields - Luda 5-2 and Luda 4-2. The former will produce 6900 bpd of oil at peak while the latter will churn out 5900 bpd at peak.

Including Luda 5-2 and Luda 4-2, CNOOC will start production at 10 oil and gas fields offshore China from now and towards the end of this year.

In the first half of this year, CNOOC Ltd started production at six oil and gas fields, which helped boost oil and gas production to a record high of 278.1 million barrels oil equivalent, up 7.9% year-on-year.