Petrobras Standardizes on Intergraph(R) SmartPlant(R) Instrumentation

Software enhances engineering instrumentation data organization in projects to increase productivity and accelerate projects

HUNTSVILLE, Ala., May 5 /PRNewswire/ -- Petroleo Brasileiro SA (Petrobras) (NYSE: PBR) (NYSE: PBRA), the Brazilian international energy company, has standardized on Intergraph(R) SmartPlant(R) Instrumentation software as its instrumentation solution for all of its upstream projects.

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An existing Intergraph customer that had already standardized on Intergraph solutions for design and modeling, Petrobras began using SmartPlant Instrumentation on oil platform projects, such as its P-50 series platforms. The resulting productivity gains and global access to experienced users and contractors convinced Petrobras to implement SmartPlant Instrumentation on all upstream projects.

Recent Petrobras onshore projects include gas treatment facilities in Caraguatuba (Sao Paulo) and Espirito Santo and offshore structures and vessels to tap the rich potential of a new discovery in the Gulf of Mexico and the ultra-deep Tupi and Santos Basin megafields off the coast of Brazil.

SmartPlant Instrumentation is part of the SmartPlant Enterprise solutions suite that provides full design, construction, materials and engineering data management capabilities needed for the creation, safe operation and maintenance, and capital Project Life cycle Management (cPLM) of large-scale process, power, marine and offshore projects.

SmartPlant Instrumentation is the industry's leading instrumentation design tool, bringing all instrumentation information together for a plant control system which can be easily accessed and updated to ensure consistency across the different instrument contractors, tasks and deliverables.

SmartPlant Instrumentation can more effectively manage changes by providing faster access to consistent data and rapid incorporation of modifications that impact numerous deliverables. In addition, the solution helps prevent plant failure by better maintenance planning, and managing the plant's instrumentation design basis throughout the lifecycle.

To choose a corporate standard solution, Petrobras performed market research on a variety of solutions and verified the options available against a list of needs. From these results, the company identified potential suppliers, and then made its selection. In this case, Intergraph was the choice after all factors were considered. Intergraph is represented in Brazil through its distributor SISGRAPH, who provides local training and support to Petrobras.

"Because we were already using Intergraph's modeling solution and had realized productivity gains, expanding the use of the suite's integrated solutions was the logical choice," said Alexandre Maia, Petrobras engineer for exploitation and production and maritime transport engineering. "Additionally, it also made sense because many different engineering companies use Intergraph solutions as well and this allows us to collaborate with them more effectively."

Intergraph Corp. Chief Operating Officer Reid French said, "Petrobras is a strategic and important customer of ours, and we are pleased that our solutions have provided this progressive industry leader with continued productivity increases and savings. In choosing SmartPlant Instrumentation as its global instrumentation design standard for upstream segment, Petrobras has affirmed Intergraph's leadership as the engineering software standard for the world and for the oil and gas and offshore industries."

The ARC Advisory Group, a leading industry analyst firm, ranked Intergraph the No. 1 overall engineering design 3D software and process engineering tools (PET) provider worldwide and for the oil and gas industry according to its PET Worldwide Outlook Market Analysis and Forecast through 2013.

About Petrobras

Petrobras is a Brazil-based international energy company that performs in a profitable manner, with social and environmental responsibility. The eighth largest oil company and the eighth most respected company in the world, Petrobras operates in 27 countries. The 54-year old company produces more than 2 million barrels of oil per day and is traded on the world's major stock exchanges. For more information, please visit www.petrobras.com

About SISGRAPH

SISGRAPH has been providing Intergraph solutions to Brazil since 1980. SISGRAPH, which is headquartered in Sao Paulo, provides exclusive sales, consulting, implementation and training services - in its Training Center or in its customers' facilities as well - for all Intergraph Process, Power & Marine products in Brazil and for all Intergraph Security, Government & Infrastructure products in Latin America and the Caribbean. SISGRAPH'S technical team of more than 100 engineers and specialists have deep knowledge of Intergraph products, its applications and the markets to which they are destined. For more information about SISGRAPH, visit www.sisgraph.com.br.

About Intergraph

Intergraph is the leading global provider of engineering and geospatial software that enables customers to visualize complex data. Businesses and governments in more than 60 countries rely on Intergraph's industry-specific software to organize vast amounts of data into understandable visual representations and actionable intelligence. Intergraph's software and services empower customers to build and operate more efficient plants and ships, create intelligent maps, and protect critical infrastructure and millions of people around the world.

Intergraph operates through two divisions: Process, Power & Marine (PP&M) and Security, Government & Infrastructure (SG&I). Intergraph PP&M provides enterprise engineering software for the design, construction and operation of plants, ships and offshore facilities. Intergraph SG&I provides geospatially-powered solutions to the defense and intelligence, public safety and security, government, transportation, photogrammetry, utilities, and communications industries. For more information, visit www.intergraph.com.

Intergraph and the Intergraph logo are registered trademarks of Intergraph Corp. or its subsidiaries in the United States and in other countries. Other brands and product names are trademarks of their respective owners.

Web site: http://www.intergraph.com/




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