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White Nile Limited 07 November 2005 7 November 2005 White Nile Limited ('White Nile' or 'the Company') 'Appoints Chief Operations Officer' White Nile Ltd, the AIM listed oil and gas exploration company, has appointed Mr. Philip Ward as Chief Operations Officer with immediate effect. Mr. Ward has over 25 years executive experience within the oil and gas industry. He has spent considerable time in Sudan, Libya and Singapore and has worked with major companies and industry consultants including Repsol, AGIP, Lasmo, Lundin, Petronas and Tecknica on oil & gas exploration, production and financial projects. Until recently, Mr. Ward was a director of Lundin Sudan BV where he managed the Company's US$305 million exploration and production budget, ensured compliance to partners and government in regards to the Exploration and Production Sharing Agreement with the Government of Sudan, as well as the Joint Operating Agreement with partners. He also negotiated all contracts and raised sale and purchase agreements of oil assets in Sudan in excess of US$142 million and was responsible for the financial operation of three onshore blocks. When Lundin Sudan BV was bought out by PetronasCarigali White Nile (5B) Ltd in May 2003, he initially assumed the role of General Manager. Prior to this he was an independent consultant to the oil and gas industry, providing advice on projects including the production and manufacturer of gas metering systems, a 20,000 barrels per day refinery and a 200,000 per day refinery and a five-year government-to-government loan package in excess of $750 million for a civil contract overseas. He also worked as General Manager for Gunny Oilfield Services Ltd based in Libya where he focussed primarily on water injection oil projects. From 1989-1999 he was Commercial Manager and Branch Manager in Libya for Teknica (UK) Ltd. Teknica, one of the world's largest independent consulting companies to the oil and gas industry, is a high technology company providing integrated geological, geophysical, petrophysical and engineering consulting services. Initially he was advisor to the CEO of Umm Al Jawaby Oil Service Company and the national oil company of Libya to develop, establish and manage an engineering and project management company to provide services to the oil, gas and hydrocarbons industry. He negotiated and was responsible for all joint venture activities of the company between Amec, John Brown and Agra Monenco (Canada) and established a work force of in excess of 650 in Canada, Italy and Libya. He also negotiated on behalf of the company in the 1991 REPSOL Waha Fareg infield development, capital circa $1.5 billion, and feasibility studies for LASMO Elephant field, including at a later stage conceptual design and front-end engineering. A five year Technical Service Agreement for AGIP Oil Libya was also negotiated which generated revenue of in the excess of £25 million per year, showing post tax profit in excess of £1.5 million. Other duties at Teknica included the supervision of proposals and tenders, recruitment of personnel, litigation and contract negotiation, preparation of five year business plans and budgeting control and responsible for all procurement and logistics activities and financial results. Between 1977-1999 he worked for engineering and construction company Brown and Root. Based in the UK and Libya he fulfilled various roles including in country Manager for Libya, responsible for all activities within the oil and gas industry, in North Africa. Prior to this he was responsible for Brown and Root (Middle East) Ltd operations in Syria, Saudi Arabia, Oman and Kuwait. Responsibilities in Libya included the supervision of two major projects namely the Engineering and Project Management of the Ras Lanuf Oil and Gas processing project ($3 billion phase I) and ongoing maintenance project for Sirte Oil Company. White Nile Chairman Phil Edmonds said: "Philip's in-depth experience of the oil and gas industry will be invaluable to the Company, in particular, the experience he has gained whilst working in South Sudan. Since 2001 he has been financially responsible for three operating blocks located close to our block, working closely with the Government of Sudan and spending considerable time out in the field. I believe that Philip, who will be based at our office in Juba, will provide an extremely positive impetus for the Company." The following information is given in relation to Mr. Ward as required by the AIM rules. Philip Francis Xavier Ward, aged 51, is or has been during the past five years a director or partner of the following companies or partnerships: Past Lundin Sudan BV There is no other information that falls to be disclosed under Schedule 2 paragraph (f) of the AIM rules. * * E N D S * * Contacts: Phil Edmonds White Nile Ltd Tel: 0845 108 6060 Hugo de Salis St Brides Media & Finance Ltd Tel: 020 7242 4477 This information is provided by RNS The company news service from the London Stock Exchange