Cairn Energy Appoints New Non-Executive Director

Cairn Energy has appointed Andrew Shilston, the Finance Director at Rolls-Royce plc, as a Non-Executive Director with effect from November 8, 2004.

Andrew Shilston MA ACA MCT, who is 49, is a chartered accountant and has been the Finance Director of Rolls-Royce plc since 2003 having joined the company in the previous year.

Prior to that, during the period 1993-2002 he was the Finance Director of Enterprise Oil Plc having joined Enterprise in 1984. He also acted as a Non-Executive Director of AEA Technology Plc from 1996 until July 2004. Andrew attended Oxford University, where he received an MA in Engineering Science in 1977. After training as an accountant he joined BP as a financial analyst.

He will join Cairn's Audit Committee on appointment and will act as Chairman of the Audit Committee following completion of the 2004 statutory accounts.

Norman Murray, Chairman of Cairn, said:

"We are delighted that Andrew Shilston has agreed to join the Cairn Board. His significant financial and commercial experience within our industry will be of great benefit to the Board."

Andrew Shilston said:

"I'm pleased to accept this role with Cairn Energy at a time when the company is growing and facing fascinating challenges in the months and years ahead as it builds on its discoveries in South Asia."