Schlumberger to Provide IT Services to Ecopetrol

Schlumberger Network Solutions announced the signing of a $27.5 million contract with Ecopetrol, the national oil company of Colombia, to develop, manage and support its entire IT structure, including computing, telecommunications, applications and data management.

The complex outsourcing project enlists Schlumberger to conduct operations on the complete Ecopetrol network, which consists of more than 6,500 users in 14 locations, 170 servers, 56 routers, 235 business applications and approximately 25 terabytes of information in more than 10 distributed main databases.

In this four-year project, Schlumberger will integrate the connectivity and distributed computing capabilities of Schlumberger Network Solutions, the application and database management of SchlumbergerSema and the data management services of Schlumberger Oil & Gas Information Solutions.

"The development of the relationship with Schlumberger will allow the consolidation of the IT outsourcing strategy in Ecopetrol," said Alberto Calderon, president of Ecopetrol. "The implementation of a new integrated service model will deliver our current service levels and optimize our operational cost. Furthermore, the contract offers a set of initiatives to transfer knowledge in different IT areas so that we could identify opportunities to enhance our infrastructure and to use new technologies to support our business processes."

"This is a milestone contract founded in a new relationship with Ecopetrol," said Xavier Flinois, president, Schlumberger Network Solutions. "Schlumberger will be able to offer an integrated service that covers IT infrastructure, business and technical applications and data management. The combination of the domain knowledge of Schlumberger Information Solutions, the technology and presence of Schlumberger Network Solutions and the expertise of SchlumbergerSema creates a unique value proposition for Ecopetrol."