Washington, D.C. 20549

                                   FORM 6-K

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

                            For September 24, 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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                 reports under cover Form 20-F or Form 40-F)

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Company Press Release

CNOOC invites public tenders for exploration and development work in new
deepwater blocks

(Hong Kong, September 23, 2002) - CNOOC Limited (SEHK: 883; NYSE: CEO, the
"Company") announced today that its parent company, China National Offshore
Oil Corporation ("CNOOC") is inviting public tenders from foreign companies
for the oil and gas exploration and development work of 12 virgin deepwater
blocks in the South China Sea. No meaningful exploration work has been done in
these deepwater blocks so far.

The area covers a total of about 76,000 square kilometers with water depth
from 300 to 2000 meters.

"Exploration in this area will help tap the unexploited potential in offshore
China. We welcome experienced companies with strong track records in deepwater
exploration to partner with us in the exploration work, and we believe it will
bring encouraging results," said Mr. Ru Ke, Executive Vice President of the

According to the constitution of CNOOC Limited, the Company will own all the
working interests caused by the exploration and development activities.

Notes to Editors:


Incorporated in Hong Kong in August 1999, the Company is the dominant producer
of crude oil and natural gas offshore China. The Company 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.

The Company 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 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,
                                                       General Counsel and
                                                       Senior Vice President

Dated: September 24, 2002