Hong Kong-based CNOOC Ltd. announced the start of production at Kenli 6-1 oilfield's 10-1 north block development project began in a press release on Sept. 13.

The development follows the company's other recent announcement of its Dongfang 1-1 gas field southeast zone and Ledong 22-1 gas field south block development project production in the China Sea.


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The project's main production facilities include one production auxiliary platform and two unmanned wellhead platforms, with 25 development wells anticipated to be put into production - 16 production wells and nine water injection wells.

Located in an average water depth of approximately 19 m in the southern waters of the Bohai Sea, the project is expected to reach a peak output of approximately 7,100 bbl/d of crude oil in 2023.

North block 10-1 is a crucial part of the Kenli 6-1 oilfield, CNOOC, who is owner and operator of the project, said in the release. The oilfield is the first 100 million-ton oilfield to be discovered in the northern part of the Laizhou Bay.

"During the implementation of the project, the concepts of intelligence, unmanned operation, modularization of engineering construction, integration of evaluation and development and sharing of new and old facilities have been practiced, and the value of oilfield regional development has been maximized," the company shared in the release.