CNOOC Limited Announces Third Quarter 2012 Results

              CNOOC Limited Announces Third Quarter 2012 Results

PR Newswire

HONG KONG, Oct. 24, 2012

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


The Company achieved a total net production of 87.8 million barrels of oil
equivalent (BOE) for the third quarter of the year, primarily attributable to
the production contribution from the new projects and new development wells,
the continuous improvement of overseas production and the stable performance
of producing oil and gas fields. The Company expects the annual production
volume to reach 335-345 million BOE primarily due to the strong growth
momentum of the fourth quarter.

During the period, the Company made eight successful appraisal wells in
offshore China. The appraisal confirmed that Kenli 9-1 and Dongfang 13-2 are
mid and large-sized discoveries, respectively.

Having benefited from the oil and gas production growth, the total unaudited
oil and gas sales revenues of the Company reached approximately RMB48.44
billion for the third quarter of 2012, representing an increase of 4.7% year
over year (YOY). In this period, the Company's average realized oil price
decreased 6.5% YOY to US$104.74 per barrel while the Company's average
realized gas price increased 12.5% YOY to US$5.83 per thousand cubic feet.

In this quarter, the Company's capital expenditure was approximately RMB15.0
billion, representing an increase of 46.7% YOY, primarily due to the busy
development projects and extensive exploration activities.

Mr. Li Fanrong, CEO of the Company commented, "I am very pleased to witness
that our company has achieved net production growth in the third quarter. In
exploration area, we drilled 8 successful appraisal wells to further enhance
the reserve and production growth in the future. In view of the above
achievements, we are fully confident to accomplish the annual key operating
statistics of the Company."

Notes to Editors:

More information about the Company is available at

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. Michelle Zhang
Deputy Manager, Media / Public Relations
CNOOC Limited
Tel: +86-10-8452-6642
Fax: +86-10-8452-1441

Ms. Angela Hui
Ketchum Newscan Public Relations Ltd
Tel: +852-3141-8091
Fax: +852-2510-8199


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