August 2011, Vol. 238 No. 8


China Reports Oil Spills Basically Under Control

CNOOC Limited reported that oil spills which occurred in PengLai 19-3 oil field had been brought “basically under control” on July 5. The field, located in Bohai Bay, is under a production-sharing contract with ConocoPhillips China which, as operator is responsible for operations. A seepage of oil from the seabed was found near Platform B in early June. It was the first of its kind to occur in China though the cause is still undetermined. It was also observed in mid June that a well being drilled in Platform C occurred a small-scale influx, resulting in another spill. COPC immediately activated response procedures, closed part of the water injection wells, and su

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