CNOOC Budgets Capex of Up To $13.7B in 2020

CNOOC Budgets Capex of Up To $13.7B in 2020
CNOOC Limited's total capital expenditure for 2020 is budgeted at $12.31 billion to $13.76 billion, the company has revealed.

CNOOC Limited’s total capital expenditure (CAPEX) for 2020 is budgeted at $12.31 billion (RMB85 billion) to $13.76 billion (RMB95 billion), the company has revealed.

Exploration CAPEX will account for approximately 20 percent of the total spend. Development, production and “others” will account for approximately 58 percent, 20 percent and 2 percent of the total expenditure, respectively, according to CNOOC.

CNOOC plans to drill 227 exploration wells and collect approximately 10,420 square miles of 3D seismic data this year. Ten new projects are expected to come on stream in 2020, comprising the below:

  • Penglai 19-3 oil field block 4 adjustment/Penglai19-9 oil field phase II
  • Qinhuangdao 33-1 South oil field phase I
  • The Bozhong 19-6 gas field pilot area development project
  • The Luda 16-3/21-2 joint development project
  • The Nanbao 35-2 oil filed S1 area
  • The Jinzhou 25-1 oil field 6/11 area
  • The Liuhua 29-1 gas field development project
  • The Liuhua 16-2 oil field/20-2 oil field joint development project
  • Liza oil field phase 1 (this has already come online)
  • Buzzard oil field phase II

CNOOC’s targeted net production for 2020 is 520 million to 530 million barrels of oil equivalent (boe). The company’s net production for 2019 is expected to be approximately 503 million boe. For 2021 and 2022 this figure is estimated to be around 555 million boe and 590 million boe, respectively.

“In 2020, the company will steadily increase its oil and gas reserves and production, pursue profitable reserves and production, lay a solid foundation for high-quality development through technology innovations and management enhancement, and create excellent returns for our shareholders,” CNOOC CEO and President Xu Keqiang said in a company statement.

Xie Weizhi, the chief financial officer of CNOOC, said, “the company will continue to maintain cost competitiveness, maintain prudent investment decision-making, and ensure the effective implementation of the capital expenditure plan to fully promote the company to a new phase of high-quality development”.

The CNOOC Limited Group is the largest producer of offshore crude oil and natural gas in China and one of the largest independent oil and gas exploration and production companies in the world, according to the company’s website.

In November last year, the company appointed Keqiang as its new CEO. During the same month, CNOOC appointed Wang Dongjin as chairman and chairman of the nomination committee.

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