CNOOC Limited (the "Company") (SEHK: 00883, NYSE: CEO, TSX: CNU) today announced its business strategy and development plan for the year 2017.
The Company's net production target for 2017 is in the range of 450 to 460 million barrels of oil equivalent (BOE), of which approximately 64% and 36% are produced in China and overseas, respectively. The net production targets set for 2018 and 2019 are 455 million to 465 million BOE and 460 million to 470 million BOE, respectively. The net production for 2016 is expected to be approximately 476 million BOE.
There will be 5 new projects coming on stream during the year, of which the Penglai 19-9 oilfield comprehensive adjustment project and the Enping 23-1 oilfields in China have commenced production. The other three projects, namely phase two of the Weizhou 12-2 oilfield project in China, the BD gas field in Indonesia and the Hangingstone project in Canada will commence production as scheduled in the year. Currently, nearly 20 projects are under construction.
In 2017, the Company plans to drill 126 exploration wells and acquire approximately 13 thousand square kilometers of 3-Dimensional (3D) seismic data.
The Company's total capital expenditure for 2017 will be in the range of RMB60.0 to RMB70.0 billion. Of that amount, the capital expenditures for exploration, development and production will account for around 18%, 66% and 15% respectively. The Company will maintain prudent fiscal management and enhance capital efficiency to facilitate sustainable development.
Mr. Yuan Guangyu, President of the Company, said: "We will maintain prudent financial policy and improve capital efficiency in response to the continued challenge posed by low oil prices. Also, we will optimize the Company's asset portfolio and focus on return to make steady progress in all businesses."
Mr. Yang Hua, Chairman and CEO of the Company, commented: "In 2017, we will balance both short-term and mid to long-term development, pursue quality growth, increase profitability-oriented production volume in order to bring better return for our investors."