Washington, D.C. 20549


                                   FORM 6-K


                     PURSUANT TO RULE 13a-16 OR 15d-16 OF
                      THE SECURITIES EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934

                               For May 17, 2002

                                 CNOOC Limited

                (Translation of registrant's name into English)

                                  65th Floor
                              Bank of China Tower
                                One Garden Road
                              Central, Hong Kong
                   (Address of principal executive offices)


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Company Press Release

                 LD 27-2 Oil Discovery Confirmed in Bohai Bay

(Beijing, May 17, 2002) -CNOOC Limited (the "Company", SEHK:883; NYSE: CEO)
announced today that the Company and partners, ChevronTexaco and Petronas
Carigali (the exploration and production arm of Petronas, Malaysia's
state-owned petroleum corporation) have confirmed an oil discovery in the
Liaodong Bay 02/31 Block in Bohai Bay, China. Appraisal well, LD 27-2-3, which
was drilled in 21 meters of water to a total depth of 2,700 meters,
encountered multiple oil zones in the Minghuazhen, Guantao, and Dongying
Formations. Four light-oil zones were tested and yielded 33-36 API oil at a
combined rate of 4,600 barrels per day. Under the production sharing contract,
CNOOC Ltd has the right to take up to a 51% participating interest in the
development of the oil discovery.

Located about 104 kilometers southeast of Qinghuangdao City, LD 27-2 structure
had its first wildcat well LD 27-2-1 drilled in 2000 and encountered over 100
meters of oil show without tests. Since the end of 2001, two wells LD 27-2-2
and LD 27-2-3 were drilled.

"We are encouraged by the exploration success in LD 27-2 structure which is
another piece of evidence of the huge oil potential in Bohai Bay," commented
Mr. Ru Ke, Senior Vice President of CNOOC Ltd, "Several major discoveries have
been made in Bohai Bay in recent years. The new discovery will further enlarge
our reserves in the area which has become the largest producing area of CNOOC

"We are very happy with the confirmation of high quality oil and high
production rates from the LD 27-2 prospect," said Sam Snyder, Managing
Director of ChevronTexaco's China Business Unit, "We will be working
diligently with our partners, Petronas Carigali and CNOOC Ltd., to evaluate
this discovery through further appraisal drilling."

This latest drilling success continues to build on the Company's enlarged
portfolio of assets in China following the ChevronTexaco merger last year.


Notes to Editors:


Incorporated in Hong Kong in August 1999, CNOOC Limited (SEHK: 883; NYSE: CEO)
is the dominant producer of crude oil and natural gas offshore China. CNOOC
Limited is also one of the largest independent crude oil and gas exploration
and production companies in the world. As of December 31, 2000, its net proved
reserves were 1.8 billion barrels-of-oil equivalents and its net production
totaled 239,337 BOE per day.

CNOOC Limited has interests in 45 crude oil and gas properties in four major

producing areas: Bohai Bay, Western South China Sea, Eastern South China Sea
and East China Sea. The Company is a major oil and gas company in China with
approximately 1,000 employees.


CNOOC Limited, incorporated in Hong Kong, is a 70.6% held subsidiary of China
National Offshore Oil Corporation ("CNOOC"). CNOOC Limited is the sole vehicle
through which CNOOC carries out oil and gas exploration, development and
production activities offshore China and internationally.

CNOOC, the parent company, is involved in the administrative, research, and
services functions for the PRC offshore petroleum industry as well as other
mid- or downstream petroleum projects.


This press release contains statements that are not historical facts,
including statements about beliefs and expectations of the directors of CNOOC
Ltd. (the Company). These forward-looking statements are based on current
plans, estimates and projections, and therefore you should not place undue
reliance on them. Forward-looking statements speak only as of the date they
are made, and the directors of the Company undertake no obligation to update
publicly any of them in light of new information or future events.
Forward-looking statements involve inherent risks and uncertainties. You are
cautioned that a number of important factors could cause actual results to
differ materially from those contained in any forward-looking statement. Such
factors include, but are not limited to changes, of the PRC's economic,
political and social conditions as well as government policies.


For further enquiries, please contact:

Mr. Xiao Zongwei
CNOOC Limited
Tel : +86 10 8452 1646
Fax: +86 10 8452 1648


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

                                          CNOOC Limited

                                          By:  /s/ Cao Yunshi
                                               Name: Cao Yunshi
                                               Title:  Company Secretary

Dated: May 17, 2002