Landmark achievement: China’s Suizhong 36-1 offshore oilfield surpasses 100 million tons of crude oil production

The Suizhong 36-1 Oilfield in northern Bohai Bay, operated by CNOOC, has surpassed 100 million tons of crude oil production, becoming the first Chinese offshore oilfield to achieve this milestone.

On Sunday, the China National Offshore Oil Corporation (CNOOC) announced that the Suizhong 36-1 Oilfield, China’s largest self-operated offshore oilfield, has produced more than 100 million tons of crude oil, marking a historic milestone for the nation’s offshore oil industry. This makes Suizhong 36-1 the first offshore oilfield in China to achieve such a remarkable production level.

Located in the northern Bohai Bay, the Suizhong 36-1 Oilfield began production in 1993 and has since become a cornerstone of China’s offshore oil sector. Its peak annual crude oil production capacity stands at an impressive 5 million tons, according to CNOOC. Reaching the 100 million tons mark signifies a significant achievement for CNOOC and underscores the importance of the Suizhong 36-1 Oilfield in contributing to China’s energy security and economic stability.

This milestone reflects the field’s consistent productivity and CNOOC’s ability to maintain high levels of efficiency and sustainability in its operations. The Suizhong 36-1 Oilfield has played a pivotal role in bolstering China’s domestic oil supply, reducing the country’s dependency on foreign oil imports and supporting the national economy by providing a stable source of energy.

CNOOC has employed a range of advanced technologies and innovative practices to maximize the output of the Suizhong 36-1 Oilfield. The use of enhanced oil recovery techniques, such as water injection and other secondary recovery methods, has been crucial in maintaining high production levels over the years. These techniques have enabled the field to sustain its output despite the natural decline that typically occurs in mature oilfields.

Moreover, CNOOC’s commitment to operational excellence and environmental stewardship has ensured that production activities at Suizhong 36-1 are conducted with minimal ecological impact. The company has implemented stringent measures to monitor and reduce emissions, manage waste, and protect marine ecosystems in the Bohai Bay area.

Looking ahead, the success of the Suizhong 36-1 Oilfield sets a precedent for future offshore projects in China. The achievement demonstrates the potential of China’s offshore resources and highlights the strategic importance of investing in the development and expansion of offshore oilfields to enhance the country’s energy independence and security.