News Release

CNOOC Limited Announces First Production from K1A

HONG KONG, Dec. 8, 2014 /CNW/ - CNOOC Limited (the "Company", NYSE: CEO, SEHK: 00883, TSX: CNU) announced today that the company has started producing bitumen from Kinosis 1A (K1A), a new steam-assisted gravity drainage (SAGD) facility.

The K1A project, located approximately 12 kilometers south of the Long Lake SAGD and upgrader in Alberta, Canada, consists of steam-generating equipment, well pad facilities, 37 well pairs, and water and bitumen flowlines.  Bitumen produced from K1A is processed and upgraded at Long Lake, which has an operating capacity of about 72,000 barrels per day (bpd) of bitumen. K1A is designed to produce 20,000 bpd of bitumen and is expected to play a significant role in filling the Long Lake plant.

Nexen ULC, a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Company, holds 100% interest and acts as the operator of K1A. The construction of K1A was completed on an industry-leading schedule with exceptional safety performance.

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This press release includes "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of the United States Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, including statements regarding expected future events, business prospectus or financial results. The words  "expect", "anticipate", "continue", "estimate", "objective", "ongoing", "may", "will", "project", "should", "believe", "plans", "intends" and similar expressions are intended to identify such forward-looking statements. These statements are based on assumptions and analysis made by the Company in light of its experience and perception of historical trends, current conditions and expected future developments, as well as other factors that the Company believes reasonable under the circumstances. However, whether actual results and developments will meet the Company's expectations and predictions depends on a number of risks and uncertainties which could cause the actual results, performance and financial conditions to differ materially from the Company's expectations, including those associated with fluctuations in crude oil and natural gas prices, the exploration or development activities, the capital expenditure requirements, the business strategy, whether the transactions entered into by the Company can complete on schedule pursuant to its timetable or at all, the highly competitive nature of the oil and natural gas industries, the foreign operations, environmental liabilities and compliance requirements, and economic and political conditions in the People's Republic of China. For a description of these and other risks and uncertainties, please see the documents the Company has filed from time to time with the United States Securities and Exchange Commission, including the 2012 Annual Report on Form 20-F filed on April 24, 2013.

Consequently, all of the forward-looking statements made in this press release are qualified by these cautionary statements. The Company cannot assure that the results or developments anticipated will be realized or, even if substantially realized, that they will have the expected effect on the Company, its business or operations.

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