July 31, 2000
Houston, Tex., has named T. Alan Johnson project manager for marine pipeline projects.

Paragon Engineering Services, Inc.,

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Houston, Tex., has named T. Alan Johnson project manager for marine pipeline projects. Johnson has more than 27 years' experience in marine pipeline design and construction, including deepwater, swamp and river crossing pipelines and pipeline structures. Johnson's experience includes shore approach; shallow- medium- and deepwater-survey; routing and design; marine soils investigations; and pipe/soil interaction modeling and design.

Prior to joining Paragon, Johnson was a project engineer with Kvaerner R J Brown.

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Thomas F. Cross has been named manager of marine pipelines, responsible for the design and construction of subsea pipelines worldwide.

Cross's immediate responsibility includes heading up preliminary design work for Gulf of Mexico continental shelf pipelines for BP Amoco's newly announced plans for oil and gas transportation infrastructure to reach the deepwater Gulf of Mexico, where large discoveries have been made.

Cross has more than 24 years' experience in engineering, project management, engineering design and personnel development on a wide variety of pipeline projects. Prior to joining Paragon, Cross was director of engineering and construction for Williams Energy Services' Gulf Coast Area.

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Roy M. White has been named senior project engineer responsible for the design/engineering of floating production systems. White has more than 27 years' experience in design, construction and commissioning of onshore and offshore process facilities, with extensive experience with mobile and floating production systems.

Prior to joining Paragon, White was a senior project engineer with PGS-Atlantic Power in Aberdeen, Scotland, providing technical support to the Ramform Banff FPSO and Texaco Galley FPS, operated by PGS. Previous experience includes FPSO and FPS conversions for Petrobras and a semisubmersible conversion in the Gulf of Mexico.

Paragon Engineering Services, Inc. provides front-end engineering, detailed design, project management, procurement, construction management, inspection and training services to the oil and gas and pipeline industries.

Paragon's expertise encompasses oil and gas production and treating, gas compression, onshore and offshore pipelines, onshore facilities, offshore platforms, floating production/storage and offloading facilities, subsea systems and safety and environmental management programs.

PSL Group,

Aberdeen, UK, has announced the £20 million (NOK 250 million) acquisition of the AGR Ability Group ASA (AGR) headquartered in Bergen, Norway, subject to Norwegian legislative approval. The acquisition, which complements the PSL Group's existing technology-driven portfolio of well services, excavation, pipeline and topsides services and subsea products, also extends its specialist expertise in industrial inspection, maintenance, dredging and well services introduced by AGR. Importantly, the merging of both companies' operations will facilitate the globalization of service provision to clients in the UK and Norway, Middle East, West Africa, Gulf of Mexico and South America.

The PSL Group provides an integrated range of well and subsea services suited to deepwater. AGR presents a complementary match to the PSL Group in terms of products, skills, growth strategy and management style.

The acquisition of AGR is an instrumental part of the PSL Group's development strategy to significantly expand its global operations. Aside from providing clients with immediate benefits through an extended range of products and services, AGR's customers offer instant access to new geographical markets.

AGR operates through five subsidiary companies - AGR Em Team AS, AGR Services AS, AGR Well Services, Welltec Rental and Services ApS, and Petrocon Systems AS - offering a range of innovative technologies, including the patented SOLVcopyright concept, the Junk TrapperTM and TagITTM concept.

Schlumberger Oilfield Services,

Houston, Tex., has purchased a minority share of Framo Engineering AS, an independently owned company based in Bergen, Norway, that specializes in subsea hydrocarbon processing.

Framo has developed a range of products and services that substantially increase hydrocarbon production including fluids separation, boosting and reinjection. The company is a manufacturer of high-pressure swivel products for floating production storage and offloading vessels, as well as products for repair of pipelines and subsea connectors.

Framo Engineering will continue to provide their solutions to the market on a nonexclusive basis. Combining the Framo Engineering subsea modules and building blocks with the downhole equipment and reservoir knowledge of Schlumberger will bring a new dimension to the market. In this way the best technical solution may be selected, integrated and operated as a total system to optimize reservoir recovery.

Framo Engineering AS is a product development company and supplier of innovative advanced products and systems for the oil and gas industry.

Schlumberger Oilfield Services, a business segment of Schlumberger Limite, is a supplier of services and technology to the international petroleum industry, operating offices, service locations, and research and development facilities around the world. Schlumberger provides technical services spanning the oil and gas, utility, semiconductor, smart cards, network and Internet solutions industries.