BBL to supply gas to UK via Shell gas plant

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Press release

The BBL Company Vof and Shell U.K. Limited (Shell) are pleased to announce that the Natural Gas Terminal at Bacton on the Norfolk coast is to supply gas from the BBL pipeline to the National Grid Transco gas transport network in the United Kingdom. The Bacton Natural Gas Terminal is owned by Shell and Esso Exploration and Production UK, an Exxon Mobil subsidiary. Shell is the operator of the terminal.

The companies today April 5 2005 exchanged formal contracts for Shell to build and manage new reception facilities at Bacton for this major cross-border gas pipeline.

The 235-kilometre, 36 inch pipeline, will run under the North Sea between Balgzand on the Dutch coast and Bacton on the North Norfolk coast. It will allow the additional import of gas from Europe, to increase security of energy supply to the UK as the country relies more heavily on imported gas from 2005. It is planned to be operational by the end of 2006. At full capacity it is likely to supply 13% of the UK demand for gas.

Kieron McFadyen, Director Shell U.K. (Holdings) Ltd said:- "This new pipeline will go some way to sustaining the growing energy needs of the country for clean fuel, as indigenous UK gas production reaches its peak over the next few years. With the decline of supplies from existing fields we expect this pipeline to play an increasing role in supplying the needs of the UK for natural gas."

Preparatory work on the gas supply infrastructure in Bacton is already under way. Work to feed the pipeline to the terminal via a shaft and tunnel construction under the beach has now been completed. The pipeline will be connected to the Shell Terminal between September 2005 and October 2006.

For more information, call

BBL Company: Piet Bakker, tel: + 31 (0) 50 521 2160
Shell: Frank James, tel: + 44 (0) 1263 582708

Notes to Editors:
The Bacton Natural Gas Terminal is owned by Shell and Esso Exploration and Production UK, an Exxon Mobil Subsidiary. Shell is the operator of the terminal.
The BBL Company was established by Gasunie Technology & Assets (The Netherlands), E.On Ruhrgas (Germany) and Fluxys (Belgium). Gasunie, Ruhrgas and Wingas will use the pipeline to supply natural gas to the UK.

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