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Tuesday, June 4, 2002 10:37AM IST (5:07AM GMT)
 
(BW)(TX-TGS-NOPEC)(TGS.O)
TGS-NOPEC Geophysical Company to Acquire A2D Technologies
Houston, United States

TGS-NOPEC Geophysical Company, a subsidiary of TGS-NOPEC Geophysical Company ASA, and A2D LP, a Texas limited partnership that operates under the name of A2D Technologies, have agreed in principle to a transaction whereby TGS-NOPEC would acquire A2D for $22 million in a combination of cash and shares. Payment to A2D shareholders will consist of $15.5 million in cash and $6.5 million in shares of TGS-NOPEC Geophysical Company ASA stock. The transaction is expected to close on Tuesday, June 4th and a press conference is planned in Oslo for the morning of Thursday, June 6th. Further details on the exact location and timing of the press conference will be made available in a separate press release.

A2D, a Houston-based company, is a one-of-a-kind, full service petroleum well log data provider that supplies oil companies operating in the exploration and production sector with an integrated solution of services, data types and software applications designed to locate, acquire, utilize, interpret and manage well log data in a highly efficient and productive manner. The company pioneered delivering instant well log data via the Internet in early 1997. A2D's current LOG-LINE(R) database at www.a2d.com includes over 1,000,000 logs from over 474,000 wells from the major producing basins in the United States. With its most recent technology improvements, A2D is adding approximately 60,000 well logs per month to its library.

A2D's predecessor, A2D Technologies Inc., which was founded in 1993, joined with Interpretive Imaging LLC in January 1999 to form A2D. Today, A2D employs 190 employees in four offices located in Houston, Denver, New Orleans, and Midland, Texas. The company has enjoyed strong growth over the past three years, recording annual revenues of $7.1 million in 1999, $9.6 million in 2000 and $12.6 million in 2001.

Hank Hamilton, TGS-NOPEC's chief executive officer, is enthusiastic about the opportunities represented by the purchase. "A2D's business model is remarkably similar to TGS-NOPEC's in the
sense that we both focus on creating high quality non-exclusive geoscience data products that can be licensed to multiple oil companies. Their extensive well log database in North America combined with their unique delivery system (LOG-LINE(R)), a leading well log interpretation software package (smartSECTION(R)), and the first depth calibrated raster format in industry (smartRASTER(R)) provide the total well log solution for customers. A2D has done an excellent job in developing this market in the U.S. and we look forward to helping A2D internationalize its effort. In addition, we see significant synergies that can be achieved through the bundling and delivery of our current products and services as well as the creation of new integrated products."

David Armitage, chief executive officer for A2D, believes that the combination of the two companies will be beneficial to the E&P industry. "A2D and TGS-NOPEC share a common vision -- the delivery of premier exploration data products of the highest quality in the most cost-effective manner. The integration of our extensive digital well log repository with the TGS-NOPEC seismic database will facilitate and accelerate the exploration for hydrocarbons worldwide."

TGS-NOPEC is a leading global provider of non-exclusive seismic data and associated products to the oil and gas industry. TGS-NOPEC specializes in the planning, acquisition, processing, interpretation and marketing of non-exclusive surveys worldwide. The company places a strong emphasis on providing high quality seismic data and the highest level of service to the industry. TGS-NOPEC also offers proprietary seismic acquisition and processing services, as well as gravity and aeromagnetic surveys.

All statements in this press release other than statements of historical fact are forward-looking statements, which are subject to a number of risks, uncertainties and assumptions. These include TGS-NOPEC's and A2D's reliance on a cyclical industry and principal customers, their ability to continue to expand markets for licensing of their data, and their ability to acquire and process data products at costs commensurate with profitability. Actual results may differ materially from those expected or projected. Neither TGS-NOPEC nor A2D undertakes any duty to update forward-looking statements.

TGS-NOPEC Geophysical Company ASA is listed on the Oslo Stock Exchange (OSLO:TGS).

 
 
 
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