SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION
WASHINGTON, D.C. 20549
REPORT OF FOREIGN PRIVATE ISSUER
PURSUANT TO RULE 13a-16 OR 15d-16
UNDER THE SECURITIES EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934
May 16, 2012
Commission File Number 1-15200
(Translation of registrant’s name into English)
FORUSBEEN 50, N-4035, STAVANGER, NORWAY
(Address of principal executive offices )
Indicate by check mark whether the registrant files or will file annual reports under cover of Form 20-F or Form 40-F:
Indicate by check mark if the registrant is submitting the Form 6-K in paper as permitted by Regulation S-T Rule 101(b)(1):
Indicate by check mark if the registrant is submitting the Form 6-K in paper as permitted by Regulation S-T Rule 101(b)(7):
This Report on Form 6-K contains a press release issued by Statoil ASA on May 16, 2012, entitled "Statoil's share saving plan allocates shares ".
The shares purchased by DNB on behalf of Statoil (OSE:STL, NYSE:STO) on 14 May 2012 for use in the group's share saving plan have on 16 May 2012 been distributed to the employees in accordance with their savings amount. Following this, the share saving plan has 6,692,815 shares.
This information is subject of the disclosure requirements acc. to §5-12 vphl (Norwegian Securities Trading Act)
Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned, thereunto duly authorized.
Dated: May 16, 2012
___/s/ Torgrim Reitan