Skip to comments.China's Massive Disputed Oil Rig Near Vietnam Is Now Drilling
Posted on 05/27/2014 6:00:55 AM PDT by blam
China's Massive Disputed Oil Rig Near Vietnam Is Now Drilling
May 27, 2014, 6:20 AM
A giant Chinese oil rig has finished its first round of drilling in South China Sea waters also claimed by Vietnam and moved to another site in the area, the rig's operator, China Oilfield Services Ltd (COSL), said on Tuesday.
In a statement, COSL said exploration would still take place off the Xisha islands, China's name for the disputed Paracel chain, suggesting the rig was not moving far.
In early May, the rig was deployed between the Paracel islands and the Vietnamese coast, sparking deadly anti-China riots in Vietnam and protests from the government in Hanoi.
The rig had "smoothly" completed the first phase of its work said COSL, the oil service arm of state-run China National Offshore Oil Company (CNOOC) Group, which owns the $1 billion platform.
COSL said it had obtained relevant geological data from the drilling, but did not give details or specify the current location of the rig.
Neither officials from COSL nor CNOOC Group could be reached for comment.
In line with previous statements, COSL said drilling was on track to be completed by mid-August.
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and if there’s ever a disaster the oil will flow all over the Philippines
Time for an “accident” aboard that rig.
It is 600 miles from there to the Philippines.
While the Ixtoc I and the Macondo well spill would reach that size, it is very, very rare for a well to result in a spill that size.
China sets up practically within sight of Danang. Somehow, I don’t think this will end well.
I think the best Vietnamese response should be, from another direction, to send in a “fire boat” to ram the oil rig.
In this case, a fire boat filled to the brim with explosives.
If done properly, all that should remain is open water and an oil slick.
Was there with TD&S.
The Paracel Islands are about 170 miles off the coast of Danang. If memory serves me, I think we had a US patrol area staked out near there during the Vietnam War.
This is definitely Vietnamese territory.
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