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Acquisition of Interests of Oil and Gas Concessions in the UK North Sea.

Jun. 26, 2012


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Mitsui & Co., Ltd. ("Mitsui", Head Office: Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo, President and CEO: Masami Iijima) has reached an agreement with BP p.l.c. ("BP"), concerning the acquisition of the British oil major`s working interest in the Alba oil field and the Britannia gas and condensate field in the UK North Sea area. The sale and purchase agreement was signed on Jun 22, 2012. The completion of the transaction is subject to regulatory and other licensee approvals. This is Mitsui's first entry into producing assets in this area, adjacent to the massive European oil and gas market.

The Alba oil field and Britannia gas and condensate field are located approximately 200km northeast of Aberdeen, Scotland, in the UK North Sea area. Both fields have continued stable and safe operations since starting production in 1994 and 1998 respectively, and are expected to make a contribution to earnings by joint operation with technically and financially sound operators and partners. Mitsui will work to maximize the value of both assets together with its partners and expand its energy business portfolio in the region.

Energy and mineral resources business is one of Mitsui's core business areas. Mitsui will continue to acquire oil and natural gas assets in order to establish a well-balanced business portfolio and to contribute to the stable supply of energy resources in the region.

Contractual Coverage

Buyer Mitsui E&P UK Limited (100% subsidiary of Mitsui)
Seller Arco British Limited (100% subsidiary of BP)
Acquired Assets Alba oil field 13.30%
Britannia gas and condensate field 8.97%
Purchase Price Approx. US$280million(Note) (Approx. J¥22.4bil.)

Note: Under the UK tax regime, approximately 60% of the purchase price can be allocated to UK tax allowances.

Project Overview

Concession Alba oil field Britannia gas and condensate field
Operator Chevron Chevron and ConocoPhillips
Location Approx. 200km northeast of Aberdeen, Scotland
Daily Production 27,000barrels 39,000boe(Note)
Water depth 140m 146m

Note: barrels of oil equivalent

Location of the acquired concessions

Location of the acquired concessions

Summary of BP

Company Name BP p.l.c.
Location London, UK
Foundation 1908
Listed Stock Exchange London Stock Exchange, NY Stock Exchange
Business Activities Oil and gas exploration and production, refinery, retail, etc.
Consolidated Employees* 83,400
Consolidated Assets* Approx. US$111billion
Daily Production* Approx. 2352thousand barrels

* Financial year 2011

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For inquiries on this matter, please contact

Mitsui & Co., Ltd.
Corporate Communications Division
Kazuhisa Kawamura
Telephone: +81-3-3285-7540
Facsimile: +81-3-3285-9819