Common Data Access Awards Well DataStore Contract to Schlumberger

Common Data Access Limited has awarded Schlumberger Information Solutions (SIS) the contract for the management and ongoing development of the CDA Well DataStore, one of the world's largest single collections of digital oil and gas well information. The five-year contract is valued at US $9 million.

CDA, a subsidiary of the UK Offshore Operators Association (UKOOA), is seeking to leverage new technologies to deliver a service that will firmly embed the DataStore within the workflows of the geoscience and information management communities among the operators with interests in the UK Continental Shelf. The new services offered by the Well DataStore will allow CDA member companies to take greater advantage of Web workflows to improve performance, enhance the end-user experience, and improve data quality to boost information value and to drive cost efficiencies.

At the signing ceremony today, Malcolm Fleming, chief executive, CDA, said, "We are looking forward to working in close partnership with SIS to deliver increased value to our member companies. CDA has been very well served by the two previous DataStore contract holders. We are looking to Schlumberger to build upon these past achievements and to facilitate a step-change in member services through the technologies and working methods they will provide."

Schlumberger will deliver these new services from its European Service Center (ESC) in Aberdeen, a fully redundant multiclient center providing resilient data storage and high-availability capacity for on-demand compute capabilities. With its latest information management technologies, Schlumberger will bring greater efficiencies to project workflows while helping the CDA deliver cost savings to its subscribing members.

"This is an important award of contract, which illustrates the continuing effort being made by the industry to find innovative ways to strengthen the attractions of the North Sea to investors in the global market," said Malcolm Webb, chief executive, UKOOA. "This is a tough challenge for a mature province such as the UK. Nevertheless, we are determined to press on towards our goal of maximizing the economic recovery of Britain's oil and gas reserves, which is not just a commercially desirable objective but also one of strategic national importance. Crucial to that goal are industry projects such as the CDA DataStore, which will see improvements as a result of this new contract, providing companies with even better access to the wealth of well data available."

"We are honored that CDA has selected SIS in the DataStore contract award process," said Olivier Le Peuch, president, SIS. "We are pleased that CDA & UKOOA share our vision for an open, flexible information management platform that provides the foundation for a step-change in knowledge access and operational processes for the benefit of the UKCS operators."

For the CDA installation, SIS will implement the latest generation of Seabed* and DecisionPoint* technologies, affording fast user-friendly and secure access to the CDA DataStore via the Internet. By improving access to critical DataStore information, SIS will help the CDA deliver on its strategic objective to firmly embed the DataStore within the workflows of its members.