Washington, D.C. 20549


                                   FORM 6-K


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

                            For September 13, 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)

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

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contained in this Form is also thereby furnishing the information to the
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in connection with Rule 12g3-2(b): N/A.)

Company Press Release

                    New Gas Discovery Made In South China Sea

(Hong Kong, September 12, 2002) - CNOOC Limited (the "Company", SEHK: 883;
NYSE: CEO) announced today that a gas wildcat well, PY34-1-1, confirmed gas
discovery in PY34-1 area of South China Sea. The well was tested to produce 13
million cubic feet of gas per day.

PY34-1-1, located in the Pearl River Mouth Basin of Eastern South China Sea,
is about 30 kilometers southwest of PY30-1, a previously discovered gas
bearing structure albeit untested.

Mr. Ru Ke, Executive Vice President of the Company, said, "The success of this
well and a series of other gas discoveries made in this area may be showing us
a pattern of how gas reserves are deposited in this area. We may be looking at
`cluster development' for gas if more meaningful gas accumulations are found."

The discovery is 100% owned by the Company.


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, 2001, its net proved
reserves were 1.8 billion barrels-of-oil equivalents and its net production
totaled 261,379 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
slightly over 1,000 employees. The Company has become the largest offshore
producer in Indonesia after the acquisition of Indonesian assets.

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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.

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For further enquiries, please contact:

Mr. Xiao Zongwei
CNOOC Limited
Tel: +86 10 8452 1646
Fax: +86 10 8452 1441

Ms Anne Lui/ Mr. Henry Chua
Ketchum Newscan Public Relations
Tel: 852-3141-8016/ 852-3141-8082
Fax: 852-2510-8199


     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: September 13, 2002