Reed Bank, also known as Recto Bank, is a large tablemount
, or isolated underwater volcanic mountain with a flat top, located near the Spratly Islands in the West Philippine Sea.
Beijing has refused to recognise the ruling by the Permanent Court of Arbitration that granted the Philippines sovereign rights to access offshore oil and gas fields, including the Reed Bank, a shallow tablemount
some 85 nautical miles off its coast.
The Department of Energy said on July 12 that drilling at Recto Bank, a large tablemount
in the South China Sea internationally known as Reed Bank, might resume before yearend, and the government was preparing to offer new blocks to investors in bidding in December.