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Oslo, Monday, February 1, 2010
Stock Exchange Notification
Blom has signed strategically important contract in France for mapping and monitoring of coastal stretches

Blom has signed a framework agreement for a survey related to the mapping and monitoring of coastal stretches in Brittany, France, required by the French Marine Protected Areas Agency and the Marine Natural Park of Iroise. The framework agreement has a total value of NOK 11 million, with NOK 5,5 million already signed for. The contract is in the scope of the Litto3D project, and the project will be completed by 3rd quarter2010.

Litto3D®, a SHOM (Hydrographic and Oceanographic Service of the Navy) and IGN (National Geographic Institute) programme, aims to produce a seamless Digital Terrain Model of the entire French coast (more than 5.500 km length), which will be the core of all integrated coastal management projects. Litto3D® is required for a large number of usage areas, such as public maritime delimitation, littoral protection (change of coastline due to erosion, fauna and flora protection), risks prevention (floods, pollution, safety at sea, natural disasters), regional development (ports, tourism and industry), mineral and living resources concern, research and scientific studies, military needs (inshore patrol, search and rescue, amphibious operation, mine warfare).

This strategic contract award has been achieved thanks to Blom’s unique skills and experience within coastal mapping and monitoring, which has given us a leadership position in this market.”, says Dirk Blaauw, CEO of Blom ASA.

Blom is able to provide a complete airborne solution for coastal management by combining a bathymetric laser scanning with hyperspectral scanning. The bathymetric laser scanner gathers accurate data simultaneously from both land and seabed terrain, delivering the response that 21st century decision makers need. The hyperspectral scanner provides data in order to map the nature of the seabed and make an inventory of the marine vegetation as well.



For further information please contact:

Dirk Blaauw, CEO Blom ASA
Tel: +47 22 13 19 20
Email: dirk.blaauw@blomasa.com


About BLOM
Blom is a leading European service provider within acquisition, processing and modeling of geographic information. Blom maintains unique European databases with collections of map, images and models. With particular focus on online services, Blom provides data and solutions to customers in government, enterprise and consumer markets and enables partners to create applications using Blom’s databases, location based services and navigation solution. Blom has more than 1,300 employees and subsidiaries in 13 countries. The company headquarter is located in Oslo, Norway. Blom is listed on the Oslo Stock Exchange (ticker BLO). For more information, visit www.blomasa.com

About the French Marine Protected Areas Agency
The French Marine Protected Areas Agency (Agence Des Aires Marines Protégées) is a public entity under the control of an administrative board composed of national representatives of State, local authorities and stakeholders. Its aims are to support public policies in the field of marine protected areas, both concerning their creation and their management, manage the human and financial resources dedicated to marine nature parks, and give technical and administrative support to managers of marine protected areas. It is also expected that the Agency will contribute to strengthen the participation of France to the international arrangements concerning the protection of the oceans.

About the Marine Natural Park of Iroise
The Marine Natural Park of Iroise (Parc Naturel Marin de l’Iroise) is a public entity under the control of an administrative board composed of national representatives of State, local authorities and stakeholders. The Park works on the knowledge of the marine heritage, the protection and the sustainable development of the marine environment of the Iroise sea (West of Brittany) as well.
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