Atlantic Canada

Planning for long-term success

With the acquisition of 100% working interest of Exploration Licenses 1144 and 1150 in the Flemish Pass Basin, CNOOC International has developed a promising portfolio offshore Newfoundland and Labrador. The Flemish Pass Basin has proven world-class source rocks, providing a large hydrocarbon potential on which we aim to build long-term, sustainable success in the region.

CNOOC International has a breadth of experience from our significant offshore operations in the UK North Sea, Nigeria, the Gulf of Mexico and Trinidad and Tobago. We are leveraging this experience as we prepare for operations in the Flemish Pass Basin.

Following the license awards, CNOOC International licensed multi-client 3D broadband seismic over both EL 1144 and EL 1150. We gained great insight into the potential of the two licenses and are continuing to evaluate the data and progress a comprehensive exploration plan for both licenses.

In December 2019, CNOOC International received formal approval of its Environmental Assessment Application for exploration drilling within its two licenses. The company planned to spud its first exploration well, Pelles, within EL 1144 in early Q2 2020, however, drilling was deferred as a result of impacts from the COVID-19 global pandemic. Drilling for this well is now scheduled to begin in early Q2 2021.

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2020 Canadian Sustainability Report