Licence dispute goes to Lords

A legal battle between Phillips Petroleum Co UK, Agip UK and British Gas Exploration and Production and Enron Europe over North Sea gas sales is to be decided by the House of Lords. Leave has been given for an appeal by Phillips, Agip and British Gas against court rulings over production licence agreements. The case centres on an area of the UK continental shelf known as "JBlock" for which Phillips, Agip and British Gas hold production licences.