Al Shaheen Field Offshore Facilities Inaugurated

His Excellency Abdullah Bin Hamad Al-Attiyah, Second Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Energy and Industry, inaugurated the new Al Shaheen offshore facilities today.

The Al Shaheen offshore facilities inauguration ceremony was attended by Qatar Petroleum senior officials and Mr. Thomas Thune Andersen, Chief Executive Officer, Maersk Oil and Gas and partner in the Firm A.P. Møller.

The completion and inauguration of the new facilities reflect H.E. Abdullah Bin Hamad Al-Attiyah's overall strategy to boost Qatar's oil and gas industry under the wise leadership and guidance of His Highness the Emir Sheikh Hamad Bin Khalifa Al-Thani and the Heir Apparent Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad Al-Thani.

This important milestone is one of the many tangible results of the excellent cooperation between Qatar Petroleum and Maersk Oil Qatar to enhance Qatar's oil and gas production and contribute significantly to the development of the country.

In 1992, the Government of the State of Qatar and Maersk Oil Qatar entered into an Exploration and Production Sharing Agreement covering the exploration and development of Block 5, offshore Qatar. In April 2004, the agreement was modified to include the Extension Area North of Block 5.

Production from the Al Shaheen field located in Block 5 commenced in 1994. Since then Maersk Oil Qatar and Qatar Petroleum have completed a number of major development phases using Maersk Oil's state of the art technology including Maersk Oil's horizontal well technology with wells drilled up to 31,000 feet length. Fourteen world record horizontal wells have been drilled by Maersk Oil Qatar, the latest in May 2004.

Today, a total of 18 permanent platforms are in place at six production locations interconnected with pipelines and power cables. 131 production and water injection wells are in operation and 26 exploration and appraisal wells have been completed by Maersk Oil Qatar AS in Block 5 and the Block 5 Extension Area.

The Al Shaheen field produces in excess of 200,000 barrels oil per day and has 450,000 bbl/d water injection capacity.

As part of the new development, Maersk Oil Qatar has installed facilities for gathering and delivery of associated gas to Qatar Petroleum's North Field Alpha platform for Qatar Petroleum's use.

Work on the next major development plan is in progress jointly between Qatar Petroleum and Maersk Oil Qatar.