Friday 17 Jan 2003

NETWORK RAIL SELECTS SCHLUMBERGERSEMA AS INFORMATION MANAGEMENT PARTNER

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Network Rail has announced that SclumbergerSema, a business unit of global technology company Schlumberger Limited, has been awarded a five year contract as Information Management Partner for Network Rail, the authority responsible for the UK’s railway network. SchlumbergerSema will integrate with and help develop the existing Network Rail Information Management function to deliver the information solutions required to support the Network Rail business plan. The partnership will deliver a ten-year Information Management strategy and a range of projects to rationalise, standardise and modernise the current Network Rail IT infrastructure and application architecture. This will extend the provision of consistent and accurate information and help enable it to be delivered to the right people, at the right time, so that Network Rail can manage its business more efficiently. “We believe that SchlumbergerSema has the right mix of capabilities, depth of resources, gained in asset intensive industries, and the rail industry to add significant impetus to Network Rail’s expansive goals,” commented Iain Coucher Deputy CEO of Network Rail. - more - Compute – 2 “We are committed to providing a safer and more reliable rail network for Britain and we believe that this contract will help us towards achieving that goal.”  Xavier Flinois, President of SclumbergerSema, said:  "SchlumbergerSema offers the UK transport industry a unique combination of IT expertise and deep domain understanding.” "Together with our experience in managing large complex projects, this provides us with an excellent basis on which to develop enhanced information management solutions to assist Network Rail to meet its demanding objectives." Notes for Editors                                                                                                    About SchlumbergerSemaSchlumbergerSema is one of two business segments of Schlumberger Limited, a global technology services company. With more than 30,000 employees serving customers in 65 countries, SchlumbergerSema aggregates IT consulting, systems integration, managed services and related products to the oil and gas, telecommunications, energy and utilities, finance, transport and public sector markets.  Leveraging the Schlumberger DeXa* Suite of Services, it also provides IP network connectivity, information security solutions, distributed computing support services and data center hosting services.  In 2001, Schlumberger revenues were $14.3 billion. For more information, visit www.slb.com. About Network Rail Network Rail own and maintain the tracks, signals, tunnels, bridges, viaducts, level crossings and stations of Britain’s railway network. The company provide access to the tracks and stations for all passenger and freight trains, timetable their movements and operate the signalling as they move on the network. Network Rail, a not-for-dividend company limited by guarantee, has no shareholders but will be run along commercial lines.  Any operating surplus will be re-invested in the rail network.  The company is committed to building upon the high levels of safety and excellence at every level of the organisation. For more information visit www.networkrail.com For media enquiries please contact the Network Rail press office on 0207 557 8292 / 3

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