Sale of shallow water operations in US Gulf of Mexico 

December 29, 2007, 09:02 CET

The sale will be accomplished through the sale of its wholly owned subsidiary Hydro Gulf of Mexico, LLC. The sale comprises production of approximately 9,600 barrels of oil equivalent per day (boepd) with proven reserves of 8.3 million barrels oil equivalent.

“StatoilHydro wishes to focus its strategy, operations, people and capital in the deepwater acreage where our technology and skills as the world’s largest operator of deepwater fields are most advantageous to us,” says Øivind Reinersten, senior vice president of StatoilHydro’s North American region.

“We will keep all deepwater leases that were associated with Spinnaker and maintain our position as the fourth largest leaseholder in the deepwater Gulf of Mexico,” he adds.

StatoilHydro’s book value of the sold assets indicates that the sale will generate a minor accounting loss.

The sale is expected to be closed in the first quarter of 2008.

Further information from:

Investor relations
Lars Troen Sørensen, senior vice president investor relations,
+ 47 90 64 91 44

Geir Bjørnstad, vice president, US investor relations,
+ 1 203 978 6950

Kjersti H Torgersen, public affairs manager, Houston,
+1 832 866 0031

Kjersti T Morstøl, public affairs manager, Oslo
 +47 91 78 28 14