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Aconex Engaged by Afren for Oil and Gas Projects


Aconex Engaged by Afren for Oil and Gas Projects

Online Collaboration Supports Production Platform Operation and Maintenance

LAGOS, NIGERIA -- (Marketwired) -- 05/28/13 -- Aconex, provider of the world's most widely used online project collaboration solutions for the oil and gas, construction, infrastructure, power, and mining industries, today announced its engagement by Afren plc, a leading independent oil and gas exploration and production company. Afren uses the Aconex Online Collaboration Platform to manage the operation and maintenance of its Ebok and Okoro Setu oil field platforms off the coast of Nigeria.

"We have individuals from several organizations working on the Ebok and Okoro Setu projects, and it's critical that everyone be aligned at all times," said Dhiraj Kavia, technical applications manager at Afren. "The Aconex platform enables us to structure and control all project data as it flows among team members, resulting in improved efficiency, governance and compliance. The system is easy to learn and use, and we have the support of a global organization when we need it."

The teams responsible for operating and maintaining the production platforms in the Ebok and Okoro Setu fields span Nigeria, the U.K. and the U.S. They use the Aconex platform to capture all project data in one place for centralized information management and retrieval. In a secure, cloud-based collaboration environment, participants across different locations have anytime, anywhere access to the current version of all project documents and drawings, as well as a complete audit trail of all decisions and actions.

According to Dhiraj Kavia, previous collaboration tools had limited Afren's ability to provide access to project participants outside of Afren. With the Aconex multiparty collaboration platform, all team members have access to the project data they need, when they need it. Also, Aconex meets Afren's requirement for the integration of document and correspondence management capabilities in a single system.

"The oil and gas market in Africa and other regions has shown increasing demand for our collaborative project information management solutions," said Herve Hamelin, Aconex general manager of Europe, Middle East and Africa. "Some of these solutions are being deployed for construction-related projects, like the Afren production platforms, while others are being used for interface management to identify and resolve interfaces between vendors on mega-projects. We look forward to strengthening our position as a major supplier to this market."

About Aconex Aconex provides the world's most widely used Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) platform for managing information, processes and people throughout the life cycle of construction and engineering projects across multiple industries. The Aconex suite of solutions -- secure, neutral and centralized -- enables project managers to reduce the cost and risk inherent in capital projects of all sizes and improve efficiency, productivity and accountability for all project participants. Aconex has served projects valued at more than US$700 billion, with over 300,000 users. Clients include major oil and gas companies, nine of the world's top ten engineering procurement and construction (EPC) firms, 23 of the 25 leading global design firms, and nearly all Fortune 500 construction and engineering firms. For more information and examples of Aconex in action, see www.aconex.com. Follow Aconex on Twitter at @aconex and on LinkedIn at www.linkedin.com/company/aconex.

Aconex Contacts: Tod Bottari Communications Director +1 650 731 3309 media@aconex.com

Celine Stenson EMEA Marketing Program Manager +44 20 7520 5600 cstenson@aconex.com

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