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AT&T selects Alcatel-Lucent’s next generation UMTS/HSDPA technology for network expansion and upgrade

Friday, Feb 15, 2008

MOBILE WORLD CONGRESS, BARCELONA, February 14/PRNewswire-FirstCall/ — Alcatel-Lucent (Euronext Paris and NYSE: ALU) today announced an agreement for Alcatel-Lucent to support the expansion of AT&T’s UMTS/HSPA (Universal Mobile Telecommunications Service/High Speed Packet Access) wireless network. The expansion includes the deployment of Alcatel-Lucent’s UMTS/HSDPA Distributed NodeB solution, which provides operators with the flexibility to deploy third-generation (3G) radio network elements in a wide array of locations including the sides of buildings, existing cell sites, remote locations and more, helping operators build out their networks more quickly and cost-effectively.

This advanced mobile network project will enable AT&T to expand capacity while offering sophisticated next-generation services, including advanced multimedia, mobile broadband and converged services such as audio and video streaming, video sharing and high-speed mobile Internet access on 3G handsets. The technology also will help decrease AT&T’s operating expenditures due to the cost saving features of this compact, easy-to-deploy, low-power solution.

As part of the agreement – which builds on Alcatel-Lucent’s November 2004 UMTS/HSPA supply agreement with AT&T – Alcatel-Lucent has expanded the end-to-end, turnkey UMTS/HSPA solution, including messaging, voice switching and network applications and services. Alcatel-Lucent also has previously supplied AT&T with an IP Multimedia Subsystem (IMS) service delivery solution – TDM, ATM and MPLS networking solutions, as well as ADSL/VDSL broadband access and optical advanced platforms.

“Alcatel-Lucent has had a longstanding relationship with AT&T,” said Cindy Christy, President of Alcatel-Lucent’s Americas business. “The introduction of our Distributed NodeB reinforces Alcatel-Lucent’s worldwide leadership in mobile broadband, highlights our strong footprint in the North America market and underscores our commitment to helping service providers transform their services, network and business to profitably increase voice and data penetration, and enable mass-market wireless broadband.”

As a global leader in the development and deployment of third-generation (3G) networks, Alcatel-Lucent has deployed commercial 3G (UMTS/HSPA and CDMA2000) systems for more than 70 operators worldwide.

About Alcatel-Lucent

Alcatel-Lucent (Euronext Paris and NYSE: ALU) provides solutions that enable service providers, enterprise and governments worldwide, to deliver voice, data and video communication services to end-users. As a leader in fixed, mobile and converged broadband networking, IP technologies, applications and services, Alcatel-Lucent offers the end-to-end solutions that enable compelling communications services for people at home, at work and on the move. With operations in more than 130 countries, Alcatel-Lucent is a local partner with global reach. The company has the most experienced global services team in the industry, and one of the largest research, technology and innovation organizations in the telecommunications industry. Alcatel-Lucent achieved revenues of Euro 17.8 billion in 2007 and is incorporated in France, with executive offices located in Paris.

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Northrop Grumman completes successful demonstration of new synthetic aperture radar capability for F-22 fighter

Friday, Feb 15, 2008

BALTIMORE, Feb. 14, 2008 (PRIME NEWSWIRE) — Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) has successfully demonstrated the capability to generate high-resolution, in-flight synthetic aperture radar (SAR) maps using the AESA (active electronically scanned array) radar being produced for the U.S. Air Force’s F-22 Raptor fighter aircraft.

“The flight tests, on board a company BAC 1-11 test bed aircraft, have proved that the F-22 fighter’s mission capabilities have expanded to include directly identifying and targeting enemy ground defenses and mobile forces,” said Teri Marconi, vice president of Combat Avionics Systems at Northrop Grumman. “This is a hugely significant event for the F-22 program because it ensures that Raptor pilots will have access to critical detailed information about both air and ground threats before the enemy’s radar ever detects the F-22.”

The test flights are the first phase of a planned multi-year contract with The Boeing Company (NYSE:BA) to incorporate SAR capability into the existing fleet of F-22s and new production aircraft in support of future air-to-ground requirements.

Northrop Grumman’s Electronic Systems sector leads a joint venture with the Raytheon Company (NYSE:RTN) to design, develop and produce the F-22 radar system. Northrop Grumman is responsible for the overall design of the AN/APG-77 and AN/APG-77(V)1 AESA radars — the latter of which features the new air-to-ground capabilities, including SAR. The company is also responsible for the control and signal processing software and radar system integration and test activities.

The Boeing Company, which is teamed with prime contractor Lockheed Martin Corporation (NYSE:LMT) and Pratt & Whitney (NYSE:UTX) to design and build the F-22 Raptor, has responsibility for integrating the radar with the other avionics systems to produce an integrated suite that features sensor-fused target detection and tracking.

Northrop Grumman Corporation is a $32 billion global defense and technology company whose 120,000 employees provide innovative systems, products, and solutions in information and services, electronics, aerospace and shipbuilding to government and commercial customers worldwide.

CONTACT: Alleace Gibbs
Northrop Grumman Electronic Systems
(410) 765-1294

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StatoilHydro reports Transocean to drill Indonesia wells

Friday, Feb 15, 2008

The Makassar Strait Explorers Consortium, including StatoilHydro, has signed a two-year contract with Transocean to lease the ultra deep-water drill ship GSF Explorer to conduct a drilling campaign on the Karama block off west Sulawesi in Indonesia.

The contract starts late 2009. The exact date of commencement is dependent on the completion of work under the current rig lease contract.

StatoilHydro is operator of three exploration wells in Karama and GSF Explorer will drill them during the contract period. StatoilHydro owns a 51% stake and Pertamina a 49% share in the wells.

“The first of the three wells in the Karama license is scheduled for the second half of 2010,” says Bjarte Ydstebø, StatoilHydro Vice President, Procurement Drilling & Well.

“We have a good cooperative relationship with the other consortium members regarding procurement,” he remarks. “The consortium is now in the process of planning procurement of additional products and services for the drilling campaign.”

Tore Larsen, head of StatoilHydro Drilling & Well, Asia, is the head of the company’s Karama drilling campaign and consortium participation.

The Makassar Strait Explorers Consortium comprises Marathon International Petroleum Indonesia Ltd, Anadarko Popodi Ltd, ConocoPhilips (Kuma) Ltd, ENI Bukat Ltd, Statoil Indonesia Karama AS and Talisman (Sageri) Ltd.

The consortium’s drilling programme includes a total of 12 exploration wells during a two-year period. Marathon is acting as lead operator for the group, but each consortium member is responsible for their own committed wells.

The Karama block is located in deep waters in Indonesia’s Makassar Strait.

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BASF mulls interest in acquiring US chemicals group Albemarle

Friday, Feb 15, 2008

Germany’s BASF may be interested in buying US chemicals group Albemarle’s lucrative refinery business for US$4.9 bln. Albemarle, which also focuses on polymer additives and fine chemicals, posted net profit of US$230 mln on net sales of US$2.3 bln last year. BASF has sold weak performing assets and trimmed highly cyclical businesses. It spent about €7 bln in 2006 to buy US catalyst maker Engelhard, the construction chemicals business of Degussa and US resin maker Johnson Polymer.

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Total decision on Saudi refinery before June

Friday, Feb 15, 2008

French oil and gas company Total said it will decide before the end of June whether to go ahead with a planned refinery in Saudi Arabia as it weighs the impact of rising industry costs.

State oil company Saudi Aramco has signed a joint venture with Total for a 400,000 barrels per day refinery to cope with the country’s growing crude output capacity.

‘We will decide this year, before the end of the first half,’ a Total spokeswoman said. ‘We have withdrawn from exploration in Saudi Arabia so this is a project that we are keen on,’ she added.

The refinery in Jubail was initially expected to cost $6.4 billion. Total believes the cost will be higher but the spokeswoman declined to say by how much.

The Total deal is part of Aramco’s wider aim to spend, together with partners, $50 billion by end-2011 to boost refining capacities at home and abroad.

Aramco signed a similar deal with US company ConocoPhillips for a refinery in Yanbu for $6 billion. Higher labour and raw material costs have caused delays and cancellations across the world’s oil and gas industry.

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Aker Kvaerner today launches the PodExTM subsea IOR technology solution

Friday, Feb 15, 2008

The PodExTM is a module that integrates new functionality and instrumentation directly into the existing subsea control system. It is a cost-effective alternative that requires very little installation time. Its ultimate aim is to optimise production at brownfield developments and enhance environmental safety.

The PodExTM utilises spare subsea electrical circuitry or co-existent power supplies to convey increased well and reservoir data to topside data acquisition systems for analysis. It is scalable and offers a transparent communication layer which is adaptable to any subsea application.

“This new solution is in sharp contrast to previous, more complex alternatives, which have required either changing or redesigning the original control system. The PodExTM instead uses existing infrastructure for power and communication,” says Erik Taule, acting senior vice president of Aftermarket, Aker Kvaerner Subsea.

Another key benefit with the PodExTM is that it can be combined with controls system from all system manufacturers.

“There is an abundance of mature subsea fields around the world that can benefit from even better knowledge about their wells’ behaviour and performance. The PodExTM provides the additional data needed to facilitate increased oil and gas recovery.

“Combined with our field proven processing and boosting technologies, the introduction of this latest product reconfirms our position as the world’s leading provider of IOR technology for subsea developments,” adds Taule.

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FMC with record backlog of US$3.9 billion in subsea systems

Friday, Feb 15, 2008

Energy Production Systems’ inbound orders of $5.0 billion increased 77 percent over prior-year levels, an increase of $2.2 billion.  Subsea systems inbound orders reached $4.4 billion in 2007, up 92 percent over 2006 as customer activity focused on deepwater projects including three awards for subsea processing systems.

Backlog at year-end was $4.2 billion, up 105 percent from year-end 2006.  Subsea systems backlog was at a record level of $3.9 billion, up 118 percent from $1.8 billion in the prior year.

“We are very pleased with our results in 2007,” said Peter D. Kinnear, President and Chief Executive Officer.  “We enter 2008 with a record backlog of $4.9 billion providing a solid base for continued growth this year and beyond.  We are providing a full year estimate of 2008 diluted earnings per share in the range of $2.75 to $2.85 including FoodTech and Airport Systems, but excluding costs associated with the planned spin-off.”

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DeepOcean and General Robotics cooperate at OI08

Friday, Feb 15, 2008

DeepOcean AS, the subsea services provider, is exhibiting on Stand 314 at Oceanology International 2008 in London, March 11-13. Technicians from General Robotics Limited, the manufacturer of the ROVolution ROV simulator, will be present on the stand to demonstrate the applications of the simulator. This represents an outstanding opportunity, both to see a demonstration of ROVolution’s capabilities and to learn how DeepOcean has applied ROVolution to its own ROV pilot training and scenario planning.

“With ROVolution we believe we have a simulator that pays for itself – more qualified pilots, can be deployed more flexibly which is making our off-shore operations more efficient,” said Sven Storesund, Superintendent ROV/Survey at DeepOcean. “We can give existing pilots refresher and scenario training onshore. A unique aspect of the simulator is that you can play around with new techniques which would be prohibitively expensive, and possibly dangerous, using the ROV for real.”

DeepOcean will also be showing a beta copy of GRL’s DeepLive offshore monitoring software that shows advanced 3D visualisations in real-time.

“We are delighted that DeepOcean is taking our simulation software to the next level with upgrades to ROVolution and evaluating pre-release versions of the DeepLive offshore software platform,” said Dr Jason Tisdall, Managing Director, General Robotics Limited. “We are also gratified that DeepOcean is publicly demonstrating its use of General Robotics’ products.”

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StatoilHydro improving recovery with subsea facility

Friday, Feb 15, 2008

The world’s first complete subsea solution for separating and injecting water and sand from the wellstream is on stream and creating added value at the Tordis field.

This technology is a breakthrough for a new generation of subsea solutions in the oil industry. The Tordis subsea development is part of a project which will improve the recovery factor for the Tordis field by 49-55%. This amounts to roughly 35 million barrels of oil, in addition to associated gas.

The full potential of the subsea facility has not yet been realised, due to unforeseen challenges with the injection well, but alternative solutions are currently being evaluated.

Opening up new possibilities
“The technology we have installed at Tordis opens up new opportunities for other fields operated by StatoilHydro, both in Norway and internationally,” says Arne Sigve Nylund, senior vice president for operations west in Exploration & Production Norway.

Seabed separation makes it possible to improve recovery and accelerate oil and gas production. This increases the utilisation of installed facilities which has happened on Gullfaks C.

The technology provides added recovery of oil in cases where production is limited by pressure and capacity at the processing plants. The technology is particularly suitable in developments at great depths or far from shore and in areas where natural conditions and weather make subsea developments most appropriate.

Sending water back to the sub-surfaceWhile it is usual to send the wellstream up to the platform where oil, water and gas are separated from each other in a processing facility, the new Tordis subsea separator removes water and sand before the oil and gas are pumped to the Gullfaks C platform.

The separated water and sand are pumped down into the Utsira formation directly from the subsea installation and stored there.

This solution means that large amounts of water from the reservoir avoid the 10-kilometre journey to Gullfaks C at sea level. This is an energy saver. It also reduces the discharge of produced water to the sea.

Seeing opportunitiesStatoilHydro is one of the leading companies in the deep-water Gulf of Mexico and experiences from Tordis can help to improve development solutions there.

The knowledge gained from Tordis can also be useful for StatoilHydro in the Shtokman development in Russia. This technology can be used in many parts of the world.

FMC Technologies has designed and delivered the subsea facilities where the pump system from Framo Engineering is installed, whereas Grenland Group has been responsible for the fabrication. The installation work at the field was carried out by Acergy, Saipem and Fabricom.

Tordis – PL089 – lies in block 34/7, it is part of the Snorre business unit and came on stream in 1994.

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