EPL Hires New Drilling & Completion Operations Manager

Energy Partners, Ltd. announces that William Flores, Jr. will join EPL in early August 2003 to head all drilling and completion activities of the Company. Mr. Flores is a Petroleum Engineer and has over twenty-two years of petroleum engineering, drilling and operational experience in the exploration and production sector of the energy industry. It is expected that Mr. Flores will be named an officer of the Company at the next meeting of EPL's Board of Directors.

Mr. Flores began his career in 1980 at Apache Oil Company in Lafayette, Louisiana as a Petroleum Engineer assigned to the south Louisiana division. In 1983, he joined the consulting firm of Stokes and Spiehler in Lafayette as a consulting engineer where he remained until 1988. He next joined CNG Producing in New Orleans as a senior drilling engineer where he was recognized for initiating innovative drilling practices. Mr. Flores joined Ocean Energy, Inc. in Lafayette in 1993 where he was named Vice President of Operations and was responsible for drilling operations in the Gulf of Mexico and West Africa. In 1999 he was promoted to Senior Vice President of Drilling and moved to Ocean's headquarters in Houston where he was responsible for Ocean's worldwide drilling and completion operations. Mr. Flores is a graduate of Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Petroleum Engineering.

Richard A. Bachmann, EPL's Founder, Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer, said, "We are very pleased to have Bill Flores join our management team. As our level of drilling activity continues to grow, our need for additional in-house drilling expertise has likewise increased. We believe Bill's many years of drilling and engineering experience in our focus area in the Gulf of Mexico will be of significant value to the Company. We look forward to his becoming an integral part of our operational management group."