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Transaction between Hydro and Vale in the aluminum area is concluded and registered capital is registered.

In reference to the announcement to the stock exchange released by Norsk Hydro ASA (Hydro) on February 28, 2011, the capital increase related to the issue of shares for the payment of Vale SA (Vale) through Vale Austria Holdings GmbH, a wholly-owned subsidiary by Vale, at the time of the transfer of Vale's aluminum business, it was registered with the Norwegian Commercial Companies Registry and the capital increase process is now concluded.

Hydro's new share capital is NOK 2,271,760,107,048 (Norwegian crowns), divided into 2,068,998,276 shares with a par value of NOK 1,098 each. Hydro holds 33,387,070 own shares and the number of remaining shares is therefore 2,035,611,206.

As a result of the conclusion of the transaction, Vale now holds 447,834,465 shares in Hydro, representing 21.6% of the issued shares and 22.0% of the remaining shares.

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