CNOOC: Confident Will Achieve Full Year Output Target this Year

HONG KONG (Dow Jones Newswires), May 27, 2011

CNOOC expects to meet its full-year output target despite the shutdown of four oil fields in the Bohai Bay last month due to a malfunction, Chief Executive Yang Hua said Friday.

Cnooc said in March it planned to raise crude-oil and natural gas output in 2011, targeting production of 355 million-365 million barrels of oil equivalent, up 8%-11% from 328.8 million barrels in 2010.

The company is also targeting oil and gas output growth at a compound annual rate of 6%-10% between 2011 and 2015.

In April, four of Cnooc's oil fields with a total production capacity of about 39,000 barrels a day were shut down following a malfunction at a vessel in the Bohai Bay caused by rough sea conditions.

Yang also said he expects the company to drill four to six deep-water wells in the South China Sea this year, and added that the company plans to accelerate oil exploration in deep-water wells over the next four years.

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