SDRL - Seadrill reach 64.23% ownership in Asia Offshore Drilling Ltd, mandatory cash offer to be launched

Hamilton, Bermuda, 26, October 2012 - After close of trading on Oslo Børs on 25 October 2012 Seadrill Limited ("Seadrill") has acquired 12,190,858 shares of Asia Offshore Drilling Limited (the "Company", OSE: AOD). The shares were acquired at a price of US$5.0 per share (equals NOK28.71 based on the USD/NOK exchange rate set by the Norwegian Central Bank on 25 October).

Following this acquisition, Seadrill will be the owner of 25,690,958 shares in the Company, corresponding to 64.23% of the total number of outstanding shares in the Company. As a consequence, Seadrill will proceed with the launch of a mandatory cash offer for the remaining shares in the Company. Such mandatory offer will be launched as soon as practicably possible, within the time limits set out in chapter 6 of the Norwegian Securities Trading Act.

RS Platou Markets AS act as financial advisor to Seadrill in connection with the offer.

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This information is subject of the disclosure requirements pursuant to section 5-12 of the Norwegian Securities Trading Act.

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