August 4, 2008

Marathon Announces First Oil From Vilje Field Offshore Norway

Marathon Oil and its partners have announced that production has begun at the partner-operated Vilje development offshore Norway, through a subsea tie-back to Marathon's Alvheim floating production, storage and offloading vessel.

Vilje is being developed with two production wells in the Block 25/4 on the Norwegian continental shelf, and will be a significant contributor to the Alvheim floating production, storage and offloading vessel reaching its maximum production capacity.

Kristin Farovik, managing director of Marathon Petroleum, said: "We are delighted to have the Vilje development onstream, providing another stage in the company's defined production growth. The combined Alvheim-Vilje development is expected to reach a rate of 75,000 net barrels of oil equivalent per day by the first quarter 2009."