AWDR – Operational Update for WilHunter

Further to the stock exchange announcements of 31st of January and 18th February 2012, Awilco Drilling PLC confirms that the WilHunter recommenced normal drilling activity today, 21st March, for MPX Energy Ltd on the Orlando well, Block 3/3b in the UKCS, as part of the SPD multi-well multi-client programme.

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, 21 March 2012

For further information please contact:

Jon Oliver Bryce, CEO

Phone: +44 1224 737900

Cathrine Haavind, IR Manager

Phone: +47 93 42 84 64

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