|Santos standardizes on Matrikon products and services
for production information systems|
Newcastle, New South Wales - September 22, 2003-Matrikon Inc. (TSX: MTK)
today announced that Santos Limited, Australia's largest gas producer, has
selected Matrikon for a multi-year corporate contract, including products,
services and support, for the capture of historical process information.
Santos has also standardized on Matrikon's OPC Connectivity Suite for
communication between plant devices.
Matrikon will supply and integrate OPC connectivity with Aspen Technology's
InfoPlus.21 historian. OPC (OLE for Process Control) is a standard for
communication between various computing platforms and technology. This
system will initially capture data from Santos' operations at Moomba,
Ballera, Port Bonython, and several other sites throughout Australia.
As a corporate standard, this technology is expected to be implemented
in other Santos operations outside Australia.
"We are working with Santos to leverage information technology as
part of their program for optimising production and ensuring cost leadership
across the company," said Dr. Sam Crisafulli, Director of Advanced
Applications at Matrikon in Australia. "This is achieved through
immediate access to historical data so that the best decisions can be
made regarding operations."
"With Matrikon's leadership position in industrial connectivity
and extensive experience with historical data systems in the oil and gas
industry, Matrikon is able to meet Santos' immediate needs as well as
help them grow for the future. We are very pleased to have been selected
as a Santos partner in delivering significant value to Santos and their
stakeholders. Our data capture capability and extensive oil and gas experience
will serve them well in the years to come," Crisafulli continued.
To further extend Matrikon's presence in the Australian oil and gas industry,
a sales office has recently been opened in Perth, with future plans to
expand it to provide technical services to clients in Western Australia.
About Santos Limited
Santos Limited is a major Australian oil and gas exploration and production
company with interests in all Australian hydrocarbon provinces. Gas is
supplied under long term contracts to Brisbane, Sydney, Canberra, Melbourne,
Adelaide and Darwin. The Santos group also operates in the USA, Indonesia
and Papua New Guinea.
About Matrikon Inc.
Matrikon is a leading provider of technology that delivers solutions for
industrial agility. Our technology enables plants to achieve operational
excellence by transforming production data into knowledge to predict and
prevent problems and optimize operations. Our customers achieve agile
operations through the combination of external market and plant data to
make informed, intelligent decisions in real-time.
With offices in major cities throughout North America, Australia and
the Middle East and a global client base including industry leaders in
a wide range of manufacturing and process industries, Matrikon's reach
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