CNOOC Limited Announces First Quarter 2012 Results


HONG KONG, April 24, 2012 /PRNewswire-Asia/ -- CNOOC Limited (the "Company", NYSE: CEO, SEHK: 00883) is pleased to announce its results for the first quarter of 2012.

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In this quarter, the Company achieved a total net production of 79.8 million barrels of oil equivalent (BOE), representing 6.3% decrease year over year (YoY) mainly due to the suspension of production of Penglai 19-3 oilfield at Bohai which is operated under a production sharing contract.

For the first quarter of 2012, the Company made five new discoveries and drilled five successful appraisal wells in offshore China, among which Kenli 2-1 at Bohai was a mid to large sized new oil discovery and large discovery of Penglai 9-1 was successfully appraised. In addition, Dongfang 13-2 discovery was made in high-temperature and high-pressure natural gas reservoir in Yinggehai. During the period, the Company's major projects were in progress as planned. In the aspect of overseas development, the Company completed the acquisition of one-third interests in each of Exploration Areas 1, 2 and 3A in Uganda from Tullow Oil plc.

In this quarter, the unaudited oil and gas sales revenue of the Company reached approximately RMB48.84 billion, representing 3.7% increase YoY. During the period, the Company's average realized oil price increased 19.4% YoY to US$120.79 per barrel while the average realized gas price increased 19.8% YoY to US$5.88 per thousand cubic feet.

Within the period, as the Company enhanced exploration and development activities, its capital expenditure increased 58.2% YoY to about RMB9.64 billion.

Mr. Li Fanrong, Chief Executive Officer of the Company commented, "In the first quarter, the Company had made significant progress in exploration area, particularly by obtaining a mid to large sized new oil discovery and successful appraisal of a large oilfield in Bohai. I believe these achievements will strongly support our production growth target of 6-10% CAGR from 2011 to 2015."

Notes to Editors:

More information about the Company is available at http://www.cnoocltd.com.

This press release includes "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of the United States Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, including statements regarding expected future events, business prospectus or financial results. The words "believe", "intend", "expect", "anticipate", "project", "estimate", "plan", "predict" and similar expressions are intended to identify such forward-looking statements. These statements are based on assumptions and analysis made by the Company in light of its experience and perception of historical trends, current conditions and expected future developments, as well as other factors that the Company believes reasonable under the circumstances. However, whether actual results and developments will meet the Company's expectations and predictions depends on a number of risks and uncertainties which could cause the actual results, performance and financial conditions to differ materially from the Company's expectations, including those associated with fluctuations in crude oil and natural gas prices, the exploration or development activities, the capital expenditure requirements, the business strategy, the highly competitive nature of the oil and natural gas industries, the foreign operations, environmental liabilities and compliance requirements, and economic and political conditions in the People's Republic of China. For a description of these and other risks and uncertainties, please see the documents the Company has filed from time to time with the United States Securities and Exchange Commission, including 2011 Annual Report on Form 20-F filed on April 20, 2012.

Consequently, all of the forward-looking statements made in this press release are qualified by these cautionary statements. The Company cannot assure that the actual results or developments anticipated will be realized or, even if substantially realized, that they will have the expected effect on the Company, its business or operations.

For further enquiries, please contact:

Ms. Ding Jianchun

Manager, Media / Public Relations

CNOOC Limited

Tel: +86-10-8452-2973

Fax: +86-10-8452-1441

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Ms. Zhang Yuxiao

Senior Supervisor, Media/Public Relations

CNOOC Limited

Tel: +86-10-8452-6642

Fax: +86-10-8452-1441

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Ms. Angela Hui

Ketchum Newscan Public Relations Ltd

Tel: +852-3141-8091

Fax: +852-2510-8199

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SOURCE CNOOC Limited

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