Henry and Netherby Gas Fields Commence Production

Feb. 23, 2010

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Mitsui & Co. Ltd. ("Mitsui") announced today that the Henry and Netherby Gas Fields , in which Mitsui's wholly owned subsidiary, Mitsui E&P Australia Pty Ltd ("MEPAU") owns a 25% interest, has successfully commenced first gas production on 21st February.

Outlined below is a summary of the Project

Location Within Production License VIC/L30 in Otway Basin, located 30km offshore of South East Australia
Proven and Probable (2P) Reserves
(Total Project)
Henry : 5.4 Billion cubic meters (35 Million boe)
Netherby : 3.7 Billion cubic meters (24 Million boe)
Total : 9.1 Billion cubic meters (59 Million boe)
Participants Santos Limited (Operator) : 50%
AWE : 25%
MEPAU : 25%

The Henry (discovered in 2005) and Netherby (discovered in 2008) Gas Fields lay adjacent to Casino Gas Field which started production in 2006, and has been developed by connecting the subsea pipeline and umbilical to the existing Casino Facilities.
The gas from both fields will be sold under an existing Gas Sales Agreement with TRUenergy, and will be supplied into the southeast Australia region making a substantial contribution to the regional supply on a long term basis. MEPAU's share of additional 2P reserves from both fields will be approximately 2.3 Billion cubic meters (15 Million boe).

Mitsui has positioned its energy and mineral resources business as a strategically significant business area and will continue to acquire attractive oil and natural gas assets in order to establish a more robust and well-balanced portfolio. In this business area, Mitsui has positioned the Oceania region as one of the core areas, due to the region's stable political environment and competitive location as a stable source of energy supply for the Asia Pacific countries, including Japan. Mitsui aims to pursue continuous exploration and production of natural resources in the region, contributing to Oceania's regional economics.

Gas field location map

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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