Zhao Dong revives following winter recess

Production from the Zhao Dong oil field in Bohai Bay offshore China currently averages over 24,000 b/d, according to operator Roc Oil.

Offshore staff

SYDNEY, Western Australia -- Production from the Zhao Dong oil field in Bohai Bay offshore China currently averages over 24,000 b/d, according to operator Roc Oil. Despite extended downtime during the winter caused by severe weather and sea-ice conditions, output remains on schedule to meet the target of over 7 MMbbl for the year.

The 2010 development drilling program is under way, with six of the planned 24 wells completed within budget and currently contributing producing over 5,000 b/d combined. Parallel drilling operations are in progress on the C4 and Zhao Dong platforms to accelerate the program and deliver earlier production. Various well workovers and pump change-outs have also been completed to boost the performance of existing wells.

The partners are progressing construction of the gas pipeline from Zhao Dong to shore, with gas sales due to start this fall.

Elsewhere, Roc Oil has re-started production at the BMG oil and gas field in the Bass Strait off southeast Australia. This followed unplanned maintenance and repairs to the Crystal Ocean FPSO's disconnectable turret mooring and mooring buoy, which had led to the field being shut-in since May 4.

06/08/2010

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