A massive project, with huge challenges
The CNOOC Deep Sea No 1 prides itself as the world’s first 10,000 ton semi-submersible oil storage platform. This massive energy station will be used to develop the gas field that was newly discovered in August 2014 in the Lingshui area just southeast of South China’s Hainan Island, with a maximum depth up to 1500 meters. This is a significant find, with it being the first major oil and gas discovery made from China’s self-operated deep-water exploration. The gas field that Deep Sea No 1 services is so large that it can provide 3 billion cubic meters of gas, which meets ¼ of gas demand in the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area, by delivering clean energy from the deep sea through the underwater pipeline around Hainan Island.