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Rosneft says South China Sea drilling is within Vietnam waters
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https://www.reuters.com/article/rosneft-vietnam-southchinasea/rosneft-says-south-china-sea-drilling-is-within-vietnam-waters-idUSL3N1SO39Z

HANOI, May 17 (Reuters) - Drilling in the South China Sea by Rosneft is within Vietnamese territorial waters, the Russian state oil firm said in a statement on Thursday, two days after its Vietnamese subsidiary began drilling in Vietnamese waters claimed by China.

Rosneft’s local unit, Rosneft Vietnam BV, is concerned that its recent drilling in an area of the South China Sea that falls within China’s “nine-dash line” could upset Beijing, two sources with direct knowledge of the situation told Reuters on Wednesday.

“Offshore license areas of Rosneft on the South China Sea are situated within the territorial waters of Vietnam,” Rosneft said in its statement.

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EXCLUSIVE-Vietnam unit of Russia's Rosneft fears Beijing backlash over South China Sea drilling
By James Pearson
Reuters

https://www.compuserve.com/politics/story/0002/20180517/M1L3N1SN56V_1735131997

* Rosneft announces drilling in Vietnam's Block 06.1 on Tuesday

* Block is in area outlined by China's nine-dash line-consultant

* That line lays claim to much of the South China Sea

* Vietnam previously halted project by Repsol in a nearby block

* Rosneft Vietnam did not want publicity for drilling-sources

HANOI, May 17 (Reuters) - Rosneft Vietnam BV, a unit of Russian state oil firm Rosneft, is concerned that its recent drilling in an area of the South China Sea that is claimed by China could upset Beijing, two sources with direct knowledge of the situation told Reuters on Wednesday.

Rosneft said on Tuesday its Vietnamese unit had started drilling at the LD-3P well, part of the Lan Do "Red Orchid" offshore gas field in Block 06.1, 370 kms (230 miles) southeast of Vietnam.

The block is "within the area outlined by China's nine-dash line," according to energy consultancy and research firm Wood Mackenzie.

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In March, Vietnam halted an oil drilling project in the nearby "Red Emperor" block following pressure from China, sources told Reuters.

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Fearing repercussions and pressure from China, Rosneft Vietnam had wanted to begin drilling with as little attention as possible, despite the statement by its parent company on Tuesday, the sources said.

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The drilling is significant for Vietnam, which has been struggling to maintain its crude oil and gas output amid already declining production from its key fields and the continuing pressure from China in the disputed waters.

In April, Vietnam's state oil firm PetroVietnam said that maritime tensions with China will hurt its offshore exploration and production activities this year.

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Vietnam says conducts maritime oil operations under international law
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https://www.reuters.com/article/us-rosneft-vietnam-southchinasea/vietnam-says-conducts-maritime-oil-operations-under-international-law-idUSKCN1II1Y5

HANOI (Reuters) - Vietnam’s maritime oil and gas operations are in accordance with international law and conducted in waters in which it has total sovereignty, the country’s foreign ministry said in a statement on Thursday.

Rosneft Vietnam BV, a unit of Russian state oil firm Rosneft (ROSN.MM), is concerned that its recent drilling in an area of the South China Sea that is claimed by China could upset Beijing, two sources with direct knowledge of the situation told Reuters on Wednesday.

“As we have repeatedly asserted, all of Vietnam’s maritime economic activities, including oil and gas activities, have been licensed and carried out in maritime zones entirely under Vietnamese sovereignty and jurisdiction,” foreign ministry spokeswoman Le Thi Thu Hang told Reuters in a statement.

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Re: Russia fears Beijing backlash over SCS drilling with Vietnam
« Reply #2 on: December 03, 2018, 01:40:50 AM »
Still on hold

https://asia.nikkei.com/Politics/Vietnam-and-Russia-expand-joint-South-China-Sea-gas-projects

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Vietnam's state-owned oil company PetroVietnam and Russian state-controlled natural gas producer Gazprom have agreed to jointly develop gas in fields on the continental shelf in the South China Sea. But the project has been on hold due to strong protests from China, which claims most of the vast body of water and has been building military facilities in the area.

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Re: Russia fears Beijing backlash over SCS drilling with Vietnam
« Reply #3 on: December 03, 2018, 09:37:06 AM »
Vietnam's Ca Tam oil field to start production Jan 15 - sources
Khanh Vu, Florence Tan
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https://uk.reuters.com/article/vietnam-energy/vietnams-ca-tam-oil-field-to-start-production-jan-15-sources-idUKL4N1XO21O

HANOI, Nov 13 (Reuters) - Vietsovpetro, a Vietnam-Russia oil joint venture, will start crude oil production at the Ca Tam field offshore southern Vietnam from Jan. 15, three sources with knowledge of the matter said on Tuesday.

Ca Tam is the first new field to be brought into production in Vietnam in years after a 2014 plunge in oil prices slashed exploration. The start-up is significant as declining production from the country’s key fields has left it struggling to maintain oil and gas output.

Production from Ca Tam, jointly developed by Vietsovpetro, PetroVietnam Exploration Production Corp (PVEP) and Bitexco Group, is forecast to be between 20,000 and 25,000 barrels per day, one of the sources told Reuters.

The field in block 09-3/12, 160 km (100 miles) southeast of Vietnam, will be hooked up to the facilities in the nearby block 09-1, which houses the country’s largest oil field Bach Ho, Vietnam Oil and Gas Group (PetroVietnam) said last month.

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https://www.nrgedge.net/project/sturgeon-ca-tam-field-block-093-12



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Vietsovpetro JV in Vietnam find
OE Staff
Friday, 23 October 2015 14:06

https://www.oedigital.com/subsea/item/10675-zarubezhneft-jv-in-vietnam-find

The joint venture of Zarubezhneft and Petrovietnam Vietsovpetro made a commercial discovery of the Sturgeon field offshore Socialist Republic of Vietnam.

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Block 09-3/12 is located in the South Conson basin, 150km southeast from Vung Tau, 20km east from Bach Ho field.

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Re: Russia fears Beijing backlash over SCS drilling with Vietnam
« Reply #5 on: December 10, 2018, 01:59:59 PM »
UPDATE 1-Vietnam's Ca Tam oil field to start production Jan 15 - sources
Khanh Vu, Florence Tan
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By Khanh Vu and Florence Tan

https://af.reuters.com/article/energyOilNews/idAFL4N1XO2LN

HANOI/SINGAPORE, Nov 13 (Reuters) - Vietsovpetro, a Vietnam-Russia oil joint venture, will start crude oil production at the Ca Tam field offshore southern Vietnam from Jan. 15, three sources with knowledge of the matter said on Tuesday.

Ca Tam is the first new field to be brought into production in Vietnam in years after a 2014 plunge in oil prices slashed exploration. The start-up is significant as declining production from the country’s key fields has left it struggling to maintain oil and gas output.

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Re: Russia fears Beijing backlash over SCS drilling with Vietnam
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Vietnam, China embroiled in South China Sea standoff
An aerial view of Southwest Cay, also known as Pugad Island, controlled by Vietnam and part of the Spratly Islands in the disputed South China Sea.
REUTERS
UPDATED 17 JULY, 2019

https://www.todayonline.com/world/vietnam-china-embroiled-south-china-sea-standoff-0

HANOI — Vietnamese and Chinese ships have been embroiled in a weeks-long standoff near an offshore oil block in disputed waters of the South China Sea, which fall within Vietnam's exclusive economic zone, two Washington-based think-tanks said on Wednesday (July 17).

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The Haiyang Dizhi 8, a ship operated by the China Geological Survey, on Monday (July 15) completed a 12-day survey of waters near the disputed Spratly Islands, according to separate reports by the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) and the Center for Advanced Defense Studies (C4ADS).

One of the oil blocks it surveyed is licensed by Vietnam to Spanish energy firm Repsol, which was forced last year and in 2017 to cease operations in Vietnamese waters because of pressure from China.

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In a separate incident days earlier, the China Coast Guard ship Haijing 35111 manoeuvred in a "threatening manner" towards Vietnamese vessels servicing a Japanese-owned oil rig, the Hakuryu-5, leased by Russian state oil firm Rosneft in Vietnam's Block 06.1, 370 km (230 miles) southeast of Vietnam.

That block is within the area outlined by China's "nine-dash line". A series of dashes on Chinese maps, the line is not continuous, making China's claims often ambiguous.

Last year, Reuters exclusively reported that Rosneft Vietnam BV, a unit of Rosneft, was concerned that its drilling in Block 06.1 would upset China.

"On July 2 the vessels were leaving the Hakuryu-5 when the 35111 manoeuvred between them at high speed, passing within 100 metres of each ship and less than half a nautical mile from the rig," CSIS said in its report.

It was not clear on Wednesday if any Chinese ships were still challenging the Rosneft rig.

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On Tuesday (July 16), Vietnam's foreign ministry released a statement in response to unspecified "recent developments" in the South China Sea.

"Without Vietnam's permission, all actions undertaken by foreign parties in Vietnamese waters have no legal effect, and constitute encroachments in Vietnamese waters, and violations of international law," foreign ministry spokeswoman Le Thi Thu Hang said.

Neither statements confirmed or elaborated on the standoff.

Neither Rosneft nor Repsol immediately responded to an emailed request from Reuters for comment.

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About the Hakuryu-5

Rosneft starts drilling operation off Vietnam using JDC rig
Russian oil company Rosneft has started a drilling operation offshore Vietnam using a JDC offshore drilling rig.

https://www.offshoreenergytoday.com/rosneft-starts-drilling-operation-off-vietnam-using-jdc-rig/

The news was shared on Monday by the Japanese offshore drilling contractor JDC, which said Rosneft had started the drilling operation on Sunday, May 12, offshore Vung Tau, Vietnam.

JDC said that Rosneft was using its semi-submersible drilling rig HAKURYU-5 for the drilling operation. The offshore driller did not provide further info on Rosneft’s drilling operation.

According to data on Rosneft’s website, the Russian oil company is engaged in gas and condensate production projects on two offshore Vietnam blocks Block 06.1 and Block 05.3/11, and is also a participant of The Nam Con Son Pipeline project.

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