Oslo, Friday, June 19, 2009
Blom awarded contract for survey in the Algerian desert

Blom has signed a contract with Italian Saipem for laser scanning and aerial photography of a large area in the Algerian desert. The survey will be executed to provide data for a new oil and gas pipeline project in the area.

Blom CGR, Blom’s Italian subsidiary, has signed a contract with Saipem, the Italian subsidiary of the ENI Group acting worldwide for construction of pipeline for oil and gas. The contract is for a survey of an area in the Algerian desert, close to Hassi Messaoud, and includes laser scanning (LiDAR) and aerial photography.

We are very excited we have won the contract with Saipem, the largest international contractor within the oil and gas industry”, Giovanni Banchini, CEO Blom CGR, says. “As both Blom and Saipem have good relations with the Algerian Authorities and are active in this part of North Africa, this project could be representing the beginning of a collaborate relationship between Blom and Saipem for further activities in Algeria”, he continues.

The survey will be completed by the end of this quarter. The surveying activities will provide basic topographic data; LiDAR digital surface models (DSM), digital terrain models (DTM) and orthophotos, for a project constructing a new oil and gas pipeline in the area. The new pipeline will connect a new gas station to existing gas stations in the area. These activities are carried out by the Algerian oil and gas company, Sonatrach.

For further information please contact Jan Erik Braathen, CFO of Blom ASA, email: or tel. +47 22 13 19 24.

About Saipem
The Saipem Group is the largest, most powerful, most international and best balanced turnkey contractor in the oil and gas industry. The organization, while providing many different kinds of services - including specialized services and maintenance, modification and operations - has been rationalized into three global business units: Onshore, Offshore, Drilling. It enjoys a superior competitive position for the provision of EPIC/EPC services to the oil industry both onshore and offshore; with a particular focus on the toughest and most technologically challenging projects - activities in remote areas, deepwater, gas, difficult oil. The new Group is a truly global contractor, with strong local presence in strategic and emerging areas such as West Africa and FSU, Central Asia, Middle East, North Africa and South East Asia. Saipem employs over 30,000 people comprising more than 100 nationalities. 

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