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Hydro and Vale transaction completed and share capital registered

The increase in share capital in connection with the issue of compensatory shares to Vale by Vale Austria Holdings GmbH, a wholly owned subsidiary of Vale SA, in connection with the takeover of Vales aluminum business by Hydro, has now been registered with the Norwegian commercial register, and the increase the share capital is thus completed.

Attention is drawn to the stock exchange listing published by Norsk Hydro ASA (Hydro) on February 28, 2011.

Hydro's new share capital is now 2,271,760,107,048 Norwegian kroner divided into 2,068,998,276 shares, each with a nominal value of 1,098 Norwegian kroner. Hydro holds 33,387,070 of its own shares and the number of shares in circulation is 2,035,611,206.

As a result of the completed transaction, Vale now holds 447,834,465 Hydro shares, representing 21.6 percent of the issued shares and 22.0 percent of the outstanding shares.

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