China Oil Major to Step Up 2014 Offshore Exploration Plans
China's CNOOC has announced a summary of its business strategy and development plan for Year 2014 as follows:
The company says it has an extensive exploration program and plans to drill roughly 155 exploration wells and acquire approximately 26.7 thousand kilometers of 2-Dimensional (2D) seismic data as well as approximately 19.4 thousand square kilometers of 3-Dimensional (3D) seismic data. Within the year, the company will continue to strengthen the deepwater exploration. In 2014, the company is targeted to a reserve replacement ratio (RRR) of over 100%.
The company's net production target of 2014 is in the range of 422 to 435 million barrels of oil equivalent (BOE), including approximately 69 million BOE as a result of the acquisition of Nexen Inc. (Nexen).
During 2014, the company expects 7 to 10 new projects to come on stream. Independent oilfields Kenli 3-2 and Qinhuangdao 32-6 comprehensive adjustment project under the PSC contract, both located in Bohai, are expected to reach a peak daily production at around 37 thousand BOE and 36 thousand barrels respectively. Enping 24-2 project, located in Pearl River Mouth Basin, is expected to reach a peak daily production at around 40 thousand barrels.
First oil from the Golden Eagle development in the UK North Sea, in which the company holds a 36.5% working interest and acts as the operator, is expected in late 2014. Once fully commissioned, Golden Eagle is expected to reach a peak daily production of up to 70,000 BOE. In 2014, the company expects a busy pipeline of engineering and construction with about 20 new projects under construction.
Mr. Li Fanrong, CEO of the company commented, "We maintain our production target of 6-10% CAGR from 2011-2015. To accomplish this during 2014, we will stick with the company's strategic goals and strengthen exploration and development activities in order to create excellent returns for our shareholders."