HAI YANG SHI YOU 981 finds gas outside disputed area

China National Offshore Oil Corp. (CNOOC) has announced its first deepwater gas field discovery in the South China Sea,. The discovery was made by HAI YANG SHI YOU 981 MO: 9480344 .

The newly discovered gas field, dubbed Lingshui 17-2, is located 150 kilometers south of Hainan — in other words, not in a disputed area of the South China Sea.

[June 23 2011 Marine Oil 981: semisub rig to Spratly Islands]

Marine Oil 981, HAI YANG SHI YOU 981, 船主, will begin testing this week for the first time in preparation for its deployment to the South China Sea in July. 48.1 miles Northeast bearing 66° from Zhoushan, Zhejiang, China
The deployment of the semi-submersible platform comes as tensions rise in the hotly contested South China Sea. Shortly after China announced the completion of the platform — which took more than three years to build and cost more than $900 million. The oil rig is 114 m long, 140 m high and weighs 31,000 t. According to China State Shipbuilding Company, the deepwater platform is capable of drilling in waters up to 3,000 m deep, and of using a drill that goes as deep as 12,000 m.
China's ambassador to the Philippines, Liu Jianchao, has insisted China's intentions were peaceful and said that China was not looking for oil in the disputed waters and, therefore, no other country should. Philippine Daily Inquirer
2009 China Waigaoqiao Shipbuilding H1188 CNOOC Hai Yang Shi You 981 ABS Semi Sub Drilling Rig IMO: 9480344

Ex-names: 6 FMZ AF
MMSI: 413464330
IMO: 9480344
Callsign: BYDG
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