Abbot Group Appoints New Director

Abbot Group reports that Holger Temmen, aged 39, has joined the Board of Abbot as an Executive Director, with immediate effect.

Holger Temmen, following his graduation from Muenster University in 1990, joined Deutag Group of Companies. Since October 2001 he has been a Director of KCA DEUTAG Drilling Group Limited, a wholly owned subsidiary of Abbot.

Alasdair Locke, Executive Chairman of Abbot, said "I am pleased to welcome Holger to the Board as he brings with him a wealth of commercial experience which will be of great benefit to the Group."

The Abbot Group is the largest offshore drilling contractor in the North Sea, one of the largest international land drilling contractors outside the Americas, and a world leader in drilling rig design, construction and operation.