China Builds World Largest Oil Rig to Exploit South China Sea Oil


The Bluewhale 1 has a maximum operating depth of 3,658m, and can drill a further 15,240m into the earth's crust.PHOTO: WEIBO/THE GLOBAL TIMES

The Bluewhale 1 has a maximum operating depth of 3,658m, and can drill a further 15,240m into the earth’s crust.PHOTO: WEIBO/THE GLOBAL TIMES

The Hope 6, a floating platform for oil production, storage and unloading, can hold up to 44,000 barrels of crude oil.PHOTO: CCTV NEWS

The Hope 6, a floating platform for oil production, storage and unloading, can hold up to 44,000 barrels of crude oil.PHOTO: CCTV NEWS

I have pointed out repeatedly that what South China Sea claimants fight for is not the small reefs and islands but the rich energy and fish recourses there.

In this respect, no one can contend with China as it has built large artificial islands as fishery and fish farming bases and has the technology to build large oil rigs for energy exploitation. Cooperation with China is the only way out for other claimants and it is good for them as China is willing to cooperate with them.

The US pitted the Philippines against China in order to deprive China of its rights and interests in the area. It did help the Philippines obtain an arbitration award to that purpose, but dare not fight China to impose the award as China has geographical advantages in a war with the US.

As a result, the US can only strive for free of navigation in the South China Sea but dare not interfere with China’s exploration and exploitation of energy and fishing resources there.

Having realized that the US, though a long-term ally, cannot help it get anything in the disputed area, Philippine President Duterte took a 180 degree turn to separate with the US and develop close ties with China.

Now China is making great investment in the South China Sea. In addition to building large islands and facilities on them, according to Strait Times’ report “China launches world’s largest oil exploration offshore platform”, China has built Bluewhale 1, the world largest oil rig as tall as a 37-storey building specially designed for South China Sea.

Now, other claimants have to cooperate with China. Otherwise, all the resources will be exploited by China.

Comment by Chan Kai Yee on Strait Times’ report, full text of which can be viewed at http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/east-asia/china-launches-worlds-largest-oil-exploration-offshore-platform

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2 Comments on “China Builds World Largest Oil Rig to Exploit South China Sea Oil”

  1. Joseph says:

    The oil rig will be so big that it will burn US eyes from afar, which is good because they cannot get closer any longer. One good aspect from Obama’s pivot to Asia is, that the SCS gets full attention for development. It will be so lucrative that everyone would want to be part of it, in a good way and sinister way alike. In his recent brief visit to Australia, Australian journalists tried to coerce Indonesian president Jokowi to make statement for SCS joint patrol, which was bluntly rebuked. He stated that what he wants is a joint economic development of SCS with China, which Australia may be involved as long as it does not offend China. Jokowi made the Australian foreign minister Julie Bishop to make press announcement to denounce the SCS ‘joint’-patrol as the prerequisite for economic talk with Australian prime minister Malcolm Turnbull, which Australia needs desperately. Instead, Indonesia will only discuss joint patrol with Australia on the Indian Ocean, particularly Indonesia-Australia border. More and more SE Asia countries, even former American cronies Phillipines, are flocking to SCS to talk for joint economic development of the area with China in the spirit of cooperation, leaving America and the West biting their fingers. Instead of being the place of regional conflict that the American has culminated so hard, the SCS would be the symbol of regional harmony. Who cares about sovereignty as long as they can be part of it. Even if Vietnam is still easily provoked by the West, they can be blind to the economic prospect looming at their doorstep.

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  2. Steve says:

    In recent years China’s engineering prowess is outstanding. Filipino President Duterte will probably be the first to jump on board seeking benefits besides loans, infrastructures and Vietnam maybe the last to cooperate looking for loopholes and still thinking about it.

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