First Oil Export Through The New Kittiwake To Forties Pipeline

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23 November 2007

Dana today announces that the new export pipeline linking the Kittiwake platform to the Forties Pipeline System (“FPS”) has been successfully completed and is now fully operational.

The new 10 inch, 33km pipeline linking the Kittiwake platform to BP’s Unity platform has the capacity to flow up to 40,000 barrels of oil per day (“bopd”) and will deliver oil production from all the fields in the Greater Kittiwake Area (“GKA”) in the UK Central North Sea.

Replacing the existing shuttle tanker and loading buoy system for oil export, the new pipeline is expected to substantially improve operational uptime, lower overall operating costs and allow GKA field lives to be extended. Volumes exported through the pipeline include current production from the existing Kittiwake, Mallard, Gadwall and Goosander fields as well as potential production from the Grouse field where an appraisal and development well has recently been successfully drilled and flow tested. In addition, as yet undeveloped discoveries including the Christian, Bligh, Whinchat and Wagtail fields and other exploration prospects may also benefit from the new export route.

Commenting on the news, Tom Cross, Dana’s Chief Executive said:

“The delivery of this project represents a major step forward for this Central North Sea production hub. The new pipeline will deliver significant additional value to the GKA owners and demonstrates their commitment to extending the producing life of this area.”

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