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STEVEN J. SAHINEN NAMED SEITEL'S HEAD OF 3D GEOPHYSICAL OPERATIONS; NEW POST TO HELP DIRECT COMPANY'S ENTRY INTO THREE-DIMENSIONAL SEISMIC

 STEVEN J. SAHINEN NAMED SEITEL'S HEAD OF 3D GEOPHYSICAL OPERATIONS;


NEW POST TO HELP DIRECT COMPANY'S ENTRY INTO THREE-DIMENSIONAL SEISMIC
 HOUSTON, April 9 /PRNewswire/ -- Seitel, Inc. (NYSE: SEI), a leading provider of seismic data to the petroleum industry, announced that Steven J. Sahinen has joined the company in the new position of manager - 3D Geophysical Operations to help spearhead Seitel's entry into the three-dimensional seismic market.
 Sahinen has specialized since 1988 in both onshore and offshore three-dimensional seismic surveys with Tensor Geophysical Corp. (which was merged into Grant-Norpac, Inc. in August 1991). He has particular expertise in the planning, field-quality control and processing of 3D data.
 Earlier in his career, Sahinen served with Digicon Inc., where he was involved in the acquisition of both two-dimensional and three- dimensional seismic data, geoscientific information fundamental to the exploration and production of crude oil and natural gas.
 Sahinen holds a B.S. degree in geology from Texas Tech University.
 "Steve Sahinen's joining Seitel reflects our company's expansion into 3D seismic," said Paul A. Frame, president. Frame added, "Seitel, this year, will begin to conduct three-dimensional seismic surveys to complement the high-resolution, two-dimensional data that our company has specialized in to date."
 Three-dimensional seismic data provide a more detailed depiction of the earth's subsurface than along a two-dimensional plane. Because 3D is more intensive, it is more costly to create than 2D, particularly onshore. As a result of the economics, 3D is used primarily for increased development of hydrocarbons from producing fields and in the site-specific, exploration-drilling stage, whereas 2D is used more for preliminary, broad-scope exploration.
 "Three-dimensional seismic is now economically viable for petroleum companies to selectively utilize onshore as well as offshore, because 3D has proven it can improve the drilling success ratio as much as 50 percent and more, and can increase oil and gas production from existing fields by 50 percent to 150 percent and more. And an increasing number of clients have asked us now to provide them with 3D data as well as 2D," reported Horace A. Calvert, executive vice president and head of Seitel's geoscience resources.
 The addition of Sahinen increases Seitel's geoscience team to 11 professionals with 189 years of collective experience, "the most extensive expertise devoted exclusively to group-participation seismic data-creation in our industry," Calvert stated.
 Seitel creates proprietary seismic surveys and markets high-grade data from its library. In addition to product expansion, the company is also expanding geographically; last week, Seitel commenced its first international seismic survey in the U.K. Irish Sea.
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 /CONTACT: Jay M. Green, director of investor relations of Seitel, 203-629-1400/
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