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Chevron gets production sharing deals with CNOOC

SAN RAMON, Calif. (AP) -- Chevron Corp. said Wednesday that its Chinese subsidiary has entered into production sharing contracts with China National Offshore Oil Corp. for two exploration blocks in the South China Sea.

Financial terms were not disclosed.

Under the agreements, Chevron will hold a 100 percent interest in the two shallow water blocks. During the exploration phases, Chevron will operate the blocks, which cover about 2,233 square miles combined, and cover all expenses.

Hong Kong-based China National Offshore said it has the right to participate in up to a 51 percent working interest in any commercial discoveries in the blocks.

Chevron shares rose 40 cents to $113.84 in morning trading.