China National Offshore Oil Corporation (CNOOC) signed a production sharing contract (PSC) with Devon Energy Corporation (DVN)
for deepwater block 42/05.
Block 42/05, located in Baiyun Sag of Pearl River Mouth Basin in the Eastern South China Sea, covers a total area of 6,939 square km. with water depth ranging from 300 to 2000 m. The company has acquired 2-D seismic data in the block.
Under the terms of the contract, Devon is committed to conduct a 3-D seismic survey and wildcat drilling during the exploration period. All expenditures incurred during exploration period will be borne by Devon. CNOOC Ltd. (CEO)
, a subsidiary of CNOOC, has the right to participate in up to a 51% interests in the event of any commercial discovery in the block. This contract is the fourth deepwater contract between CNOOC and its foreign partners.