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SNH, Cameroon National Oil Company, Chooses Schlumberger Oil & Gas Information Solutions to Build a National Data Repository.

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Schlumberger Oil & Gas Information Solutions (SIS) announced today that Societe Nationale des Hydrocarbures (SNH), the national oil company of Cameroon, has selected SIS to help create the National Data Repository (NDR) for exploration and production (E&P) data.

"Societe Nationale des Hydrocarbures has selected SIS to implement an integrated data management system to secure and efficiently manage all data types available after several decades of exploration and production in the country," said Jean Jacques Koum, exploration manager for SNH. "This solution will allow SNH to preserve those patrimonial assets and further promote Cameroon's exploration potential."

Data types to be handled include seismic, logs, physical assets and production, as well as interpretation results obtained from various sources. A joint SNH-SIS team, under the direction of Koum, has been set up to carry out the various project phases, with a strong emphasis on training and knowledge transfer to SNH employees. A total of two months training on the various software tools involved, as well as further assistance from SIS for data loading, are key components to achieve this objective.

"The National Data Repository is part of an SNH strategic plan to quickly move into a more competitive and global oil and economy, leveraging the new technologies," said Koum.

Under the chairmanship of Adolphe Moudiki, SNH is dedicated to modernize its activities and views this project as a mean to improve the efficiency of its technical staff. "The recently acquired integrated data management system will improve manifold the amount of time spent looking for data for ourselves and for our partners," says Jean-Pierre Loule, head of CIP-NDR.

The NDR will be developed using the GeoQuest integrated data management system, including the Finder(R) master database, AssetDB(R) information asset management software, LogDB(R) log data storage and retrieval software, SeisDB(R) seismic data management software and ProductionDB(a) software to manage production data.

"These industry-leading, comprehensive data management solutions will deliver organized, validated, catalogued and usable data to the desktops of SNH geoscientists and engineers, enabling them to shorten cycle times, reduce finding costs and lower lifting costs per barrel of oil," said Serge Brun, GeoQuest operations manager for West and South Africa. "SNH will be the first West African oil company to deploy a complete data management solution ranging from seismic to production," he added.

About the Organizations

Societe Nationale des Hydrocarbures was created in 1980 and has three main roles:
-- to promote, develop and follow up all hydrocarbon activities in Cameroon,

-- to manage the State's interest in the petroleum sector,

-- to market the State's share of crude oil on the international market.

SNH has two offices, one in Douala to represent the company in dealing with administrations, operators and other organizations based in that city, and the main one in Yaounde, capital of the country. All technical operations and decision-making are handled in Yaounde, where Head of Exploration and Production, including the "Centre d'Informations Petrolieres" (CIP), Marketing, Legal, Finance, HR, Strategic Planning and top Management, are located. SNH is the partner of several oil companies currently involved in Cameroon, such as TotalFina Elf, Pecten, Perenco, Exxon Mobil, CMS Nomeco, Turnberry Resources Inc., Euroil/Trophy Ltd and recently Fusion Oil and Grynberg Production Inc.

SNH today employs 253 people, and has consistently demonstrated throughout the years a strong commitment to train and develop national human resources. SNH is on the Internet on

Schlumberger Oil & Gas Information Solutions (SIS), an operating unit of Schlumberger Oilfield Services, is the global industry leader for the supply of integrated business solutions comprised of GeoQuest software, information management services, information technology and a complete range of expert services. SIS enables petroleum companies to drive their business performance and enter into the iEconomy. SIS is on the Internet at

Schlumberger Oilfield Services, a business segment of Schlumberger Limited (NYSE:SLB), is the leading supplier of services and technology to the international petroleum industry and operates offices, service locations and research and development facilities around the world. Schlumberger is a global leader in technical services spanning the oil and gas, utility, semiconductor, smart card, network and Internet solutions industries. Schlumberger revenue was $9.61 billion in 2000. Schlumberger is on the Internet at

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