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China's first deep-water rig to drill in South China Sea (2)

(Xinhua)

08:30, May 08, 2012

Photo taken on May 7, 2012 shows the sixth-generation semi-submersible CNOOC 981 at the South China Sea in China, 320 kilometers southeast of Hong Kong, south China.(Xinhua/Jin Liangkuai)

The CNOOC 981 will begin operations in a sea area at a water depth of 1,500 meters, China National Offshore Oil Corp. (CNOOC) said in a press release. This is the first deep-water drilling rig developed in China.

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