Deep water No. 1, world’s largest gas production platform on its way to Hainan
Deep water No. 1, an over 50,000-tonne deep-water semi-submersible oil production and storage platform, has been completed after 21 months construction in Yantai City, East China and has begun the month long journey to Hainan Island.
The platform was independently developed and built by China.
Weighing in at over 50,000 tonnes, its deck is as large as two football pitches.
Deep Water No. 1 is expected to arrive at the Lingshui gas field in February, and will begin operation in June.
The gas field, called Lingshui 17-2, is 150 kilometres off the coast of Sanya and lies at a depth of 1,500 meters.
The platform is designed to withstand the worst tropical storms and typhoons that roll in each year and is expected to be operational in the field for at least 30 years without needing to return to dry dock.
The platform will provide 3 billion cubic metres of gas for households in Hainan and the Greater Bay Area.
Nationally the project is seen as a solid first step towards deep water oil exploration.
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