Sale of Zidane-1 gas discovery completed

Stavanger, 30 December 2011: Norwegian Energy Company (Noreco) has completed the sale of its interest in license PL435 on Haltenbanken, containing the gas discovery Zidane-1, to OMV (Norge) AS.

The agreement to sell PL435 was announced in October this year. The price is NOK 180 million with effective date 1 January 2011. Noreco is also under certain conditions entitled to an additional consideration if a discovery is made in the upcoming exploration well Zidane-2.

Noreco expects to record a gain of NOK 149 million from this transaction in the fourth quarter 2011. The transaction will have a positive impact on Noreco's equity ratio of approximately 1.3 percentage points.

Kjetil Bakken, VP Investor Relations (+47 91 889 889)

This information is subject of the disclosure requirements acc. to §5-12 vphl (Norwegian Securities Trading Act)
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