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Chemistry field trip—A journey to ShenZhen CNOOC and Roc City
2017-11-27

[SCIE web news, Nov 27th, 2017] It was a Wednesday morning with a clear blue sky. Together with our Chemistry teachers Mr. Robert and Mrs. Sharon, 23 students including me started the fantastic journey to ShenZhen CNOOC (Chinese National Offshore Oil Corporation).


As soon as we arrived, we were all amazed by the magnificent and modern scenery of the whole factory. The managers of CNOOC welcomed us first, and then led us to the control room. We then watched two videos there, which mainly explained how to import and export natural gas, an essential, environmentally friendly source of energy, between countries. After that, we were required to put on the security uniform since safety issues need to be prevented from happening. When everything was set up, we finally started our tour around CNOOC.





Complicatedly arranged tubes and enormous containers covered most of the factory, several machines were still working when we arrived there. Though it takes time for us to totally understand the operation of the whole system, we still managed to acknowledge some basic concepts of the natural gas transportation system. The local tour guide kept introducing how does the whole system works. For instance, some tubes are used to evaporate the liquid natural gas while the others are used to cool down the gaseous natural gas and condense it into liquid, so that it doesn’t take too much space to store this source of energy. By doing so can reduce the cost and prevent 
the explosion of natural gas.



One of the machines used to transport natural gas in CNOOC
 

The tour around the factory lasted about one hour more or less, then we had a rest for several minutes. Our next station was the offshore drilling platform. It was an unbelievable construction when I looked far into the distance. Frankly speaking, we were all astonished by such a masterpiece. The drilling platform was approximately 12-14 meters high. Even though it wasn’t on its duty when we landed there, we were still able to observe the whole structure of it more deeply. As we looked to the wide ocean in front of us, we did see an egret flying onshore. It was said that egrets were one of the animals endangered nowadays, so it was quite a pleasure for us to see it flying across the sea.   

                  

Pictures of the drilling platform  

After the tour, we enjoyed our lunch in the canteen. Food there was nice. We left CNOOC and headed to the Roc City. Ancient buildings could be seen everywhere, there were also some newly-built pensions on both sides of the road inside Roc City. The view there was absolutely great. Old stonewalling combined with fancy small stores, the atmosphere was quiet and relaxing, which made this trip more meaningful.

Meanwhile, the food we enjoyed such as beancurd jelly and coconut juice were tasty, too. Overall, the visit to Roc City was fun and relaxing.


TASTY FOOD AND FABULOUS SCENERY! 

One of the most important things I want to say as a conclusion, is that applications are one of the most direct ways to learn and understand things deeply. In Chemistry you can relate the subject knowledge to tons of applications in the daily life. The drilling platform and the natural gas transportation system are examples. In my opinion, only reading book materials and information online isn’t always the best option to thoroughly absorb knowledge. Once you connect the subject knowledge with existing applications in our lives, you will really comprehend how things work in reality. By saying this, we should have more chances to go out and deepen our understanding, to widen our view of this world.

(Report and photos/Travis)

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