Centrica terminal to be reception facility for Ormen Lange

August 15, 2003, 15:30 CEST

The Centrica site at Easington in England has been selected as the location for a new reception facility to be constructed for the Ormen Lange Gas Pipeline.

The decision is supported by the Ormen Lange field development participants, ConocoPhillips as investor and Gassco as the future Ormen Lange Transportation system Operator.

The Ormen Lange plans for Development and Operation (PDO) and Pipeline Installation and Operation (PIO) are scheduled to be submitted to the authorities during 4Q2003.

The Ormen Lange field is the largest undeveloped gas field on the Norwegian continental shelf. It is located approximately 100 kilometers northwest of the Møre and Romsdal coast at a water depth of some 1000 meters. The estimated gas reserves are 375 billion cubic meters of dry gas, and 22 million cubic meters of condensate.

Participants in the Ormen Lange license are:

Norsk Hydro ASA (17.956%) (Operator for development and construction)
A/S Norske Shell (17.200%) (Operator in the production phase)
Petoro AS (36.000%)
Statoil ASA (10.774%)
Esso Exploration and
Production Norway AS
BP Norge AS (10.888%)