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Friday, September 2, 2011

Baker Hughes Acquires Stake in Verdande Energy

- Baker Hughes Acquires Stake in Verdande Energy

Friday, September 02, 2011
Baker Hughes Inc.

Baker Hughes and Verdande Technology announced that a subsidiary of Baker Hughes has acquired a minority equity stake in Verdande Energy AS, a subsidiary of Verdande Technology AS, and will become a user of Verdande Technology's case-based reasoning (CBR) software platform for oil and gas applications.

This CBR technology, called DrillEdge™, is a real-time intervention tool constructed on the principle of case-based reasoning, a problem-solving process that identifies similar issues from relevant wells drilled in the past and offers similar solutions. This immediate intervention-while-drilling response provides a thorough, fast and practical real-time bridge between past experience and current operations. Under the terms of the agreement, Baker Hughes will be involved in further developing the capabilities.

"The DrillEdge platform is expected to help operators lower risk, increase their rate of penetration and reduce non-productive time while drilling," said Scott Schmidt, president of Drilling and Evaluation for Baker Hughes. "Integrating this capability into our portfolio of real-time optimization and remote drilling services complements our BEACON remote operations platform. The technology is expected to help our customers expand their understanding of their wells without increasing their workload as they continue to drill more demanding and technically challenging wells."

"This strategic arrangement delivers immense benefits to our customers seeking to improve drilling performance and drive operational efficiencies by joining our technology with Baker Hughes' extensive network," said Lars Olrik, chief executive officer of Verdande Technology. "It helps a small company like ours strengthen its place in the market, access a global support and operational network and further develop the technology at a more rapid pace."

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