DNO Completes arrangements to operate Thistle

DNO is pleased to announce that on 1st January 2003 it will have completed arrangements with BP and Conoco to acquire Operatorship and a 99 percent interest in the Thistle and Deveron Fields in UKCS Block 211/18.  In addition, DNO is acquiring various levels of interest in the Northern North Sea oil and gas pipeline infrastructure sufficient to transport some 15,000 barrels of oil per day to the Sullom Voe Terminal.
The Effective Date of the transaction is 1st May 2002.  The impact of the arrangements is to increase DNO's net UK production to around 10,000 barrels of oil per day and raises the company's UK Proven and Probable Reserves by some 20 million barrels of oil.
For further information please contact:
Mr. Helge Eide
Group Managing Director DNO ASA
Telephone : 0047 5522 4700
Dr Stewart Watson
Chief Executive DNO Britain Limited
Telephone: (01224) 578032
30th December 2002