AWDR - Operational Update For WilHunter

Further to the stock exchange announcements of 24 May and 4 June 2012, Awilco Drilling PLC confirms that the WilHunter recommenced normal operations today, 2 July 2012.

WilHunter is one of Awilco Drilling's two Enhanced Pacesetter semi-submersibles and is equipped for drilling in water depths up to 1,500 ft.

Aberdeen, 2 July 2012

For further information please contact:

Jon Oliver Bryce, CEO

Cathrine Haavind, IR Manager

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