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Equinor has a history in China going back to the early 1980s when the country was the location for our (then Statoil's) first international operations. From our office in Beijing, we work with Chinese national oil companies and run a research centre to promote technological development.

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How to find us in China


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Equinor (then Statoil) has had a presence in China since 1982, when our office in Beijing was opened. Through our partnership with the China National Offshore Oil Corporation (CNOOC) we actively produced oil from the Lufeng field in the South China Sea until 2009.

In February 2007, Equinor (then Statoil) entered into a strategic cooperation with China National Petroleum Corporation, covering domestic and international exploration and production, research and development, gas value chain, new energy and downstream.

In February 2010, we agreed to cooperate with Sinopec on their QiongDongNan deepwater block in the South China Sea.

Equinor achieved a new milestone in April 2014 by delivering its first-ever liquefied natural gas (LNG) cargo to China. On 18 April the Arctic Aurora arrived at the brand-new Zhuhai LNG receiving terminal in Guangdong province. She carried approximately 144,000 cubic metres of LNG for delivery to CNOOC.

Currently, the main function of Equinor’s Beijing office is to develop new commercial opportunities with Chinese counterparts, and to enhance Equinor’s technological capacity through research on increased oil recovery and seismic imaging.

We also cooperate with Chinese companies internationally. CNOOC is a partner in several licences of Equinor’s Gulf of Mexico portfolio and Sinochem is a 40% partner in the Peregrino offshore development in Brazil.

As a global energy company, Equinor wishes to be part of the Chinese development story—to understand and contribute to the sustainable development of the Chinese economy.

Xavier Chen, Equinor China President 

Pushing the frontiers of oil and gas research in China

In 2011, we established a research and development centre in Beijing, separated into two research teams – one focusing on seismic imaging and the other focusing on enhanced oil recovery. These are prioritised technology areas for both China and Equinor.

Since 2011, the Beijing seismic imaging team has worked on developing 6 key technologies and leading-edge solutions for enhanced imaging in complex geological settings.

Established a year later, the enhanced recovery team researches polymer technologies that can optimise solutions for reservoir drainage. The team is part of Equinor’s company-wide efforts to attain an average recovery factor of 65% for platform-operated fields and 55% from subsea-operated fields. 

The two teams have benefited from the growth in Chinese high-skilled graduates and from several partnerships with Chinese academic and research institutions.