Shell Brings Howe Field Onstream

Shell U.K. Limited, on behalf of co-venturers Petro Summit Investment UK Limited and OMV (UK) Limited, reports that oil production has commenced on schedule from the Howe field in the central North Sea, 160km from Aberdeen. This is the second North Sea production project Shell has brought on stream in the last month. The Goldeneye venture in the Outer Moray Firth, central North Sea, announced commenced production on October 18th.

Howe is situated in block number 22/12a. The field is tied back to the Nelson platform through a 14 km sub sea tie back. Plateau oil production is expected to be around 13,000 boe/d. Both the Nelson platform and the Howe field were bought by Shell as part of their acquisition of Enterprise Oil plc in 2002. This development is an excellent example of Shell making the most of its existing oil portfolio to increase energy resources for the UK.

Greg Hill, Production Director of Shell Exploration & Production in Europe, said: "Shell is delighted to be able to announce another production commencement for 2004. Howe came on stream on time, on budget and safely - without a single Lost Time Incident throughout the duration of the project. Shell acquired the Howe field as undeveloped acreage in 2002 and has brought it on stream as a gas-lifted sub-sea tie back to the producing Nelson platform in a £60 million investment project. We expect Howe to produce for around eight years."

The Nelson platform, around 175 km east of Aberdeen, exports oil to Forties Unity riser platform and gas via the Fulmar gas line to St Fergus.

Equity: Enterprise Oil 60%, Petro Summit Investment UK Limited 20%, OMV (UK) Limited 20%.