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Report of foreign issuer [Rules 13a-16 and 15d-16]

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For the month of April 2016

(Translation of registrant’s name into English)

(Address of principal executive offices)

Indicate by check mark whether the registrant files or will file annual reports under cover of Form 20-F or Form 40-F.

Indicate by check mark if the registrant is submitting the Form 6-K in paper as permitted by Regulation S-T Rule 101(b)(1): ____

Indicate by check mark if the registrant is submitting the Form 6-K in paper as permitted by Regulation S-T Rule 101(b)(7): ____

Indicate by check mark whether by furnishing the information contained in this Form, the registrant is also thereby furnishing the information to the Commission pursuant to Rule 12g3-2(b) under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934.

Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned, thereunto duly authorized.

Exhibit 99.1

中国海洋石油有限公司

CNOOC LIMITED

For Immediate Release

Panyu 11-5 Oilfield Commences Production

(Hong Kong, April 25 2016) - CNOOC Limited (the “Company”, SEHK: 00883, NYSE: CEO, TSX: CNU) today announced that the Panyu 11-5 oilfield has commenced production.

The Panyu 11-5 oilfield is located in the Pearl River Mouth Basin of the South China Sea with an average water depth of approximately 110 meters. In addition to fully utilizing the existing facilities of Panyu 5-1 oilfield, the Panyu 11-5 oilfield also drilled 3 horizontal wells. There is currently 1 well on production, producing a total of approximately 3,270 barrels of crude oil per day. The oilfield is expected to reach its ODP designed peak production of approximately 3,900 barrels of crude oil per day in 2016.

The Panyu 11-5 is an independent oilfield in which the Company holds 100% interest and acts as the operator.

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Notes to Editors:

More information about the Company is available at http://www.cnoocltd.com.

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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 analyses made by the Company in light of its experience and its perception of historical trends, current conditions and expected future developments, as well as

other factors the Company believes are appropriate under the circumstances. However, whether actual results and developments will meet the expectations and predictions of the Company depends on a number of risks and uncertainties which could cause the actual results, performance and financial condition to differ materially from the Company’s expectations, including but not limited to 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 Group can complete on schedule pursuant to their terms and 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 files from time to time with the United States Securities and Exchange Commission, including the Annual Report on Form 20-F filed in April of the latest fiscal year.

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 realised or, even if substantially realised, that they will have the expected effect on the Company, its business or operations.

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For further enquiries, please contact:

Ms. Michelle Zhang

Deputy Manager, Media / Public Relations

CNOOC Limited

Tel: +86-10-8452-6642

Fax: +86-10-8452-1441

E-mail: mr@cnooc.com.cn

Ms. Samantha Wang

Hill+Knowlton Strategies Asia

Tel: +852-2894 6266

Fax: +852-2576 1990

E-mail: samantha.wang@hkstrategies.com

The above information was disclosed in a filing to the SEC. To see the filing, click here.

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Other recent filings from the company include the following:

Cnooc Limited Filed 2015 Annual Report On Form 20-F - April 21, 2016

Annual and transition report of foreign private issuers [Sections 13 or 15(d)] - April 21, 2016
Report of foreign issuer [Rules 13a-16 and 15d-16] - April 6, 2016