The Chinese Government is to launch a nationwide campaign to inspect the country’s offshore petroleum drilling and exploration businesses.

The move was taken to prevent future oil spills following an oil spill at a platform operated by US-based ConocoPhillips in north China’s Bohai Bay in June this year.

The three-week project, from 15 October to 4 November, will inspect oil drilling and exploration platforms, pipelines, floating production storage and offloading facilities, onshore terminals, docks and transport vessels affiliated with state-owned oil giants CNPC, Sinopec and CNOOC.

The inspection team will also scrutinise foreign operators in the Bohai Sea, the East China Sea and the South China Sea.

Compensation procedures for environmental damage caused by oil leaks are underway, reports