CNOOC reportedly hits significant discovery in world’s largest metamorphic rock field offshore China

Bethany Fischer, Digital Editor, World Oil February 26, 2024

(WO) – Several sources have reported that CNOOC Ltd., China’s state-run offshore O&G company, has made an additional gas discovery at its Bozhong 26-6 field. The discovery of an additional 40 MMcmg (1.4 Tcfg) now brings Bozhong’s proven reserves to 200 MMcmg (7.1 Tcfg), and thus is reputedly the largest metamorphic rock oil field in the world.

Bohzong 19-6 field

Discovered in 2023, the Bozhong 26-6 field sits in the southern region of China’s Bohai Sea in a water depth of approximately 22 m (72 ft). CNOCC has embarked on an extensive exploration campaign in the area, drilling several evaluation wells.

Developing the massive field is crucial for the country. According to China Daily, the Bozhong discoveries could meet the energy demands of over 1 million citizens for several decades. Additionally, the Global Times reported that tests indicated a production rate of 1.76 MMcfd, setting a record for the highest production capacity by newly drilled wells in the field.

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