Washington, D.C. 20549

                                   FORM 6-K

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

                             For December 12, 2001

                                 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 Ltd. voted as "The Best Managed Company" in China and earns top
            ranking for Corporate Governance and Corporate Strategy

(Hong Kong, December 11, 2001) CNOOC Limited (SEHK:883, NYSE:CEO), (the
"Company") is pleased to announce that it has been voted as the best managed
company in China by Asiamoney`s annual poll.

The tenth annual poll was conducted by way of a questionnaire sent to nearly
2,000 fund managers, chief investment officers and heads of research at fund
management firms, insurance companies and brokerage houses in the Asia-Pacific
region including Australia and Japan, Europe and the United States.
Respondents were asked to name three companies in twelve categories, including
best corporate strategy, best management of financial accounts, best corporate
governance, best access to senior management, best investor relations, best
treatment of minority shareholders, best company websites, best annual report,
least impressive management, least impressive investor relations, best newly
listed company in 2001 and the best small company.

"We are very delighted that the Company is recognized by the global investment
community as the best managed company in China with top rankings in corporate
strategy and corporate governance. We also scored high in investor relations,
management of accounts, and treatment of minority shareholders. These
impressive rankings are testament to the work we've put into making sure that
the Company is well run, accessible, transparent and open to the needs of
investors," said Mr. Wei Liucheng, Chairman and CEO of the Company.

"We will continue to maintain a high level of management quality and corporate
governance, which is of paramount importance to creating value for our
shareholders, " added Mark Qiu, CFO of the Company.


 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, 2000, its net proved reserves were 1.8 billion
barrels-of-oil equivalents and its net production totaled 239,337 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
approximately 1,000 employees.


The Company is a 70.6% held subsidiary of China National Offshore Oil
Corporation ("CNOOC"). The Company 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 down-stream petroleum projects.

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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 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: December 12, 2001