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Friday 02 June, 2000

Hyder PLC

Offer Update

Hyder PLC
2 June 2000

                                      
             WPD Limited ('WPDL') Offer for Hyder plc ('Hyder')
                                      
The  Board  of  WPDL  notes the announcement released today  by  Hyder,  and,
although  disappointed  at Hyder's continuing view of the  regulatory  risks,
welcomes Hyder's commitment to pursuing vigorously discussions with WPDL.

WPDL  has continued its discussions with relevant bodies in relation  to  its
Offer.   These discussions have reinforced the confidence that WPDL expressed
in  its ability to address successfully all regulatory requirements necessary
to  complete the Offer.  WPDL is also committed to continuing its discussions
with the Board of Hyder with a view to securing their recommendation.

Enquiries:

Schroder  Salomon Smith Barney (financial                      020 7658 6000
adviser to WPDL)

Read Gomm                                                                   
Sam Small
David James (Corporate Broking)

Cardew & Co (PR advisers to WPDL)                              020 7930 0777

Anthony Cardew                                                              


Salomon  Brothers  International Limited, trading as Schroder  Salomon  Smith
Barney  ('Schroder Salomon Smith Barney'), which is regulated in  the  United
Kingdom  by The Securities and Futures Authority Limited, is acting  for  WPD
and  WPDL  and  no  one else in connection with the Offer, and  will  not  be
responsible  for anyone other than WPD and WPDL for providing the protections
afforded  to  customers  of Schroder Salomon Smith Barney  or  for  providing
advice to any other person in relation to the Offer.