Production Begins On Viosca Knoll 252

Noble Affiliates, Inc. announced that its wholly-owned subsidiary, Samedan Oil Corporation, has begun production from its 12 Block Viosca Knoll 252 Unit. The project consists of four wells, producing approximately 106 million cubic feet of gas per day, resulting in production of approximately 42 million cubic feet of gas per day, net to the company's interest. The wells are located in approximately 100 feet of water.

Noble owns a 40 percent working interest in the 12 Block unit production. The operator is Chevron U.S.A. Production Co., a subsidiary of Chevron Corp., with a 60 percent working interest. The partners intend to drill at least one additional delineation well in the unit during 2001.