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CNOOC Signed PSCs With Shell

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HONG KONG, July 25, 2012 /PRNewswire-Asia/ -- CNOOC Limited (the "Company", NYSE: CEO, SEHK: 00883) announced today that its parent company, China National Offshore Oil Corporation (CNOOC) has signed production sharing contracts (PSCs) with Shell China Exploration and Production Company Limited (Shell) for Blocks 62/02 and 62/17 in Yinggehai.

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According to the terms of the contract, Shell will conduct 3D seismic data survey and drill exploration wells in the two blocks during the exploration period, in which all expenditures incurred will be borne by Shell. CNOOC has the right to participate in up to 51% working interest in any commercial discoveries in the blocks.

Mr. Zhu Weilin, Executive Vice President of the Company and General Manager of Exploration Department commented, "We are very pleased to cooperate with Shell again. Shell has rich experience in oil and gas operations, and we look forward to the joint exploration of the great potential in Yinggehai."

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 analys i s 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:

M s . Michelle Zhang Deputy Manager, Media / Public Relations CNOOC Limited Tel: +86-10-8452- 6642 Fax: +86-10-8452-1441 E-mail: MR@cnooc.com.cn

Ms. Angela Hui Ketchum Newscan Public Relations Ltd Tel: +852-3141-8091 Fax: +852-2510-8199 E-mail: angela.hui@knprhk.com

SOURCE CNOOC Limited

Copyright 2011 PR Newswire. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

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