China's oceanic administration orders ConocoPhillips, partner CNOOC to suspend production activities at Peng Lai 19-3 field in Bohai Bay; ConocoPhillips has been working to clean up June oil spills
September 2, 2011
– ConocoPhillips China, a wholly-owned subsidiary of ConocoPhillips (NYSE:COP), has been ordered by China’s State Oceanic Administration (SOA) to suspend production activities at the Peng Lai 19-3 field in Bohai Bay, China, pending certain steps. ConocoPhillips China is developing a compliance plan with its co-venturer in the field, China National Offshore Oil Corp., and will be submitting it to SOA shortly.
Activities that are related to depressurizing the field will continue in a safe and environmentally responsible way.
As operator of the field, ConocoPhillips China has been leading the response to two incidents that occurred on June 4 and June 17 and resulted in the release of approximately 700 barrels of oil into Bohai Bay and 2,500 barrels of mineral oil-based drilling mud onto the seabed.
The Peng Lai 19-3 field has been operating at reduced rates since the incidents occurred in June. The shut down will have an impact on production from the field, which averaged approximately 56,000 net barrels of crude oil per day in 2010. ConocoPhillips holds a 49 percent interest in the Peng Lai 19-3 field which represents approximately 3 percent of the company’s total annual production.
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