GE to provide pipeline data management software in Brazil

Oct. 11, 2007
GE has signed a contract to provide Brazil's largest distribution company, Comgás of São Paulo, Brazil, with advanced pipeline data management software through its Energy and Oil and Gas businesses. This order represents the first sale of GE Energy's recently introduced Smallworld Global Transmission Office 4.1 software platform in Latin America and the first commercial delivery of GE Oil and Gas' external corrosion direct assessment (ECDA) application. The scope of the contract...

ATLANTA, GA, Oct. 10, 2007 -- GE has signed a contract to provide Brazil's largest distribution company, Comgás of São Paulo, Brazil, with advanced pipeline data management software through its Energy and Oil and Gas businesses.

This order represents the first sale of GE Energy's recently introduced Smallworld Global Transmission Office 4.1 software platform in Latin America and the first commercial delivery of GE Oil and Gas' external corrosion direct assessment (ECDA) application. The scope of the contract also includes GE Oil and Gas' PipeView Integrity software. GE's VAR, Logica CGM, will implement the project.

GE's technology will be used by Comgás to manage its pipeline assets, as well as its pipeline integrity, including assessing risk, generating integrity management plans and managing ECDA projects. GE Oil and Gas' PipeView Integrity system will use the information collected by Smallworld Global Transmission Office.

"The functionality provided in our Smallworld Global Transmission Office software and the ability to synchronize with the customer's PODS database, coupled with the capabilities of PipeView Integrity and GE's expertise in ECDA, will allow Comgás to effectively and efficiently manage its pipeline assets," said Bob Gilligan, general manager of GE Energy's transmission and distribution business.

Comgás is the largest distributor of piped natural gas in Brazil. Its network comprises more than 4,000 kilometers of pipelines that deliver natural gas to more than 500,000 residential, retail and industrial customers in 57 cities. Its service area comprises 177 municipalities in metropolitan São Paulo, metropolitan Campinas, the coastal area around Santos (Baixada Santista) and the Paraíba Valley, accounting for about a quarter of Brazil's gross domestic product.

GE Energy is one of the world's leading suppliers of power generation and energy delivery technologies, with 2006 revenue of $19 billion.

GE's Oil & Gas business is a world leader in advanced technology equipment and services for all segments of the global oil and gas industry.

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