Chinese Petroleum Corp (
The company will earmark NT$8.3 billion for overseas exploration and NT$7.3 billion to search for oil in the country, the State-owned Enterprise Commission said in a statement yesterday.
Chinese Petroleum aims to boost earnings by increasing oil and gas production, which accounted for 48 percent of its profit last year, as the company lost money in the domestic fuel market. The company now has stakes in fields in Indonesia, Ecuador, Venezuela and Australia.
"The Middle East, Indonesia and Chad are our prime investment targets," Tsao Mihn (
Chinese Petroleum aims to find 90 million barrels of crude oil and 5.7 billion cubic meters of natural gas through the new investments, the commission said.
Chinese Petroleum reported a pre-tax profit of NT$9.6 billion last year, down 61 percent from 2004.