Saturday 10 April 2021

Three missing following a fire on an oil rig in Bohai Bay, northwest China.

Three people are missing following a fire on an oil rig in Bohai Bay in northwest China. The fire reportedly broke out on Monday 5 April 2021, following a well blowout (uncontrolled release of crude oil and/or natural gas from an oil well or gas well after pressure control systems have failed) on Wellhead Platform V on the Penglai 19-3 field, and was still burning on Thursday 8 April. There were 102 staff on the platform when the fire broke out, with 99 being evacuated safely.

An oil platform on the Penglai 19-3 field in Bohai Bay. NS Energy.

The Penglai oilfield was discovered by ConocoPhillips in 1999, who began exploring in the Bohai Bay in 1994, and has been targeted by an co-operative operation between ConocoPhillips and the China National Offshore Oil Corporation since 2002, and is China's largest offshore oil field. Production on the 19-3 field was stopped in 2011 following a spill, but resumed in 2013.

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