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China building 3 more large deep sea oil rigs to explore for oil in South China Sea

China’s large homegrown deep sea drilling platform 981

China’s large homegrown deep sea drilling platform 981

The following is based on a translation of a report in Chinese media:

Global Times says in its report yesterday that it took 6 years and 6 billion yuan (USD940 million) for China to build its first homegrown deep sea drilling platform HD-981.

The “9” in 981 means drilling ship, “8” means deep water while “1” means it is the first of its kind.

The report says that China is building three other similar large deep water oil rigs that will respectively be called HD-982, HD-983 and HD-984.

A Global Times reporter recently visited the HD-981 and said that the oil rig operated 24 hours a day all the year round with 93% rate of operation.

That means that the four rigs will be exploring oil in deep water on a large scale.

The oil rig can operate at a maximum depth of 3,000 meters and drill to a depth of 10,000 metres, more than enough to carry out exploration for oil and gas in the entire South China Sea.

The report says that all those oil rigs are owned by China’s state-owned oil giant CNOOC, which has a fleet of 57 ships including other oil rigs for drilling in areas less than 505 meters deep, a deep water pipe laying ship, a deep-water physical survey ship and supply ships.

For such large-scale oil and gas exploration and exploitation, China will definitely need the artificial islands it has built to support the operation.

The report says that there will be a supply ship for each rig to provide 40 tons of fresh water a day, fuel for the 8 diesel engines and supplies for the drilling operation and the daily necessities for the live of the 170 crew on the rig.

Of the 8 engines, 4 generate electricity for daily consumption of the rig and 4 are standby – when the rig moves to a new area, the engines each have the power of 5 locomotives, and drive the rig at a speed of 8 knots.

According to the report, when construction of the rig was finished, the rig went through state inspection and tests and was found up to advanced world standards and regarded as the world leader in some advanced technology.

The drilling in the disputed waters with Vietnam by its Haiyang Shiyou (Ocean Oil) 981 (HD-981) oil rig gave rise to a standoff between Chinese and Vietnamese boats and mass attacks against Chinese enterprises in Vietnam.

Contributed by “Tiananmen’s Tremendous Achievements” – Author of “Tiananmen’s Tremendous Achievements” and “Space Era Strategy” – Also English/Chinese translation service

Source: Global Times: Drilling platform 981 with world advanced technology that gives surreal impression like a transformer (summary by Chan Kai Yee based on the report in Chinese)


About chankaiyee2

Author of the book "Tiananmen's Tremendous Achievements" about how with the help of Tiananmen Protests, talented scholars with moral integrity seized power in the Party and state and brought prosperity to China. The second edition of the book will be published within a few days to mark the 25th anniversary of Tiananmen Protests All the parts in the first edition remain in the second edition with a few changes due to information available later and better understanding. There are also some changes for improvements of style. The new parts are Chapters 12-19 on events in China after the first edition was published: The fierce power struggle for succession between reformists and conservatives; Xi Jinping winning all elders’ support during his mysterious disappearance for 2 weeks in early September, 2012; and Xi Jinping Cyclone. Chan Kai Yee's new book: SPACE ERA STRATEGY: The Way China Beats The US An eye-opening book that tells the truth how the US is losing to China. The US is losing as it adopts the outdated strategy of Air-Sea Battle while China adopts the space era strategy to pursue integrated space and air capabilities: It is losing due to its diplomacy that has given rise to Russian-Chinese alliance. US outdated strategy has enabled China to catch up and surpass the US in key weapons: Hypersonic weapons (HGV) that Pentagon regards as the weapon that will dominate the world in the future. Aerospaceplane in China’s development of space-air bomber that can engage enemy anywhere in the world within an hour and destroy an entire aircraft carrier battle group within minutes. Anti-satellite (ASAT) weapons, anti-ASAT weapons, stealth aircrafts, drones, AEW&C, etc. The book gives detailed descriptions of China’s weapon development based on information mainly from Chinese sources that the author monitors closely. U.S. Must Not Be Beaten by China! China is not a democracy. Its political system cannot prevent the emergence of a despotic leader or stop such a leader when he begins to bring disasters to people. A few decades ago, Mao Zedong, the worst tyrant in world history did emerge and bring disasters to Chinese people. He wanted to fight a nuclear war to replace capitalism with communism but could not bring nuclear holocaust to world people as China was too weak and poor at that time. If a despot like Mao Zedong emerges when China has surpassed the US in military strength, world people will suffer the misery experienced by Chinese people in Mao era. China surpassing the US in GDP is not something to worry about as China has the heavy burden to satisfy its huge population, but China surpassing the US in military strength will be world people’s greatest concern if China remains an autocracy. US people are of much better quality than Chinese people. What they lack is a wise leader to adopt the correct strategy and diplomacy and the creative ways to use its resources in developing its military capabilities. I hope that with the emergence of a great leader, the US can put an end to its decline and remain number one in the world. China, US, space era strategy, air-sea battle, space-air bomber, arms race, weapon development, chan kai yee


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  1. Reblogged this on The Militant Negro™.


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