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Viju and Kongsberg Oil & Gas Technologies enter a strategic cooperation agreement

Viju and Kongsberg Oil & Gas Technologies join forces to strengthen their capabilities within Integrated Operations and collaborative environment solutions for the international Oil & Gas Industry.

Viju, as a leading provider of visual communication and collaboration environments within several industry segments, will through the agreement strengthen their capabilities and international footprint within the Oil & Gas Industry.

Kongsberg Oil & Gas Technologies (KOGT), a leading supplier of Integrated Operations technology for the upstream oil and gas market, will continue their focus on the total value chain of Integrated Operations – from IO strategy to delivery of Software and distinct technologies. The strategic partnership with Viju will strengthen KOGT’s capabilities for developing and delivering the collaborative environments in their integrated projects. 

The agreement will cover a long term strategic cooperation agreement, including Kongsberg Oil & Gas Technologies becoming a shareholder in Viju.  Further, Kongsberg Oil & Gas Technologies will as part of the agreement transfer the business unit “Integrated Collaborative Environment” (ICE) to Viju.

“Through this agreement Kongsberg Oil & Gas Technologies will be able to significantly increase the global capacity for providing advanced visualization and collaboration environments in our Integrated Operation projects”, says Pål Helsing, President of Kongsberg Oil & Gas Technologies AS.

“Kongsberg Oil & Gas Technologies’ international customers and the well qualified team of people joining us, will strengthen Viju’s already strong position in the Oil & Gas Industry, and will enable us to speed up expanding our presence in the Oil hubs of the world” says Rune Jensen, Chairman of Viju AS.

For further information, please contact:
Rune Jensen, Chairman, Viju. M: + 47 48019702E: rje@viju.noIngunn Kolltveit, Kongsberg Oil & Gas Technologies ASM: +47 40 60 69 99E: ingunn.kolltveit@kongsberg.comAbout Viju AS Viju AS is a leading international supplier of collaboration, communication and visualisation solutions for the oil industry and for other sectors such as banking/finance, public sector, health, pharmaceuticals, professional services and media. Advanced visualisation solutions for control rooms, production rooms and collaboration rooms are vital to so-called “Integrated operations” and “Smart fields/E-fields” within the oil industry, in which Viju has a particularly strong market position. Viju is Tandberg/Cisco’s largest Visual Communication Specialist Partner in the world with offices across Europe, North America and Asia and a network of leading local Partners in the rest of the world. Viju have experienced a strong growth the last 4 years despite the challenging international economic situation, with a CAGR of 62 % in this period. The Viju revenue for 2011 is expected to be above USD 125 million.

About Kongsberg Oil & Gas Technologies AS Kongsberg Oil & Gas Technologies (KOGT) develops and delivers software products, systems, solutions and services for the development and operation of Oil & Gas fields, and addresses the upstream market - from reservoir to process plant. The company has developed a strong foundation as a capable, technology focused developer of Integrated Operations/Digital Oilfield systems and is well positioned to leverage the changing conditions of Exploration & Production.

KOGT has an international footprint, working with customers worldwide. In addition to main offices in Norway, KOGT is present in major E&P hotspots around the world, including UK, USA, Middle East and India. Within all operational regions, KOGT places focus on the three core areas of Production Management, Drilling Software and Offshore Riser Technology.

About Kongsberg Gruppen (KONGSBERG)
KONGSBERG is an international, knowledge-based group that supplies high-technology systems and solutions to customers engaged in the oil and gas industry, the merchant marine, and the defence and aerospace industries. In 2009, KONGSBERG had a turnover of NOK 13.8 billion and 5 423 employees in more than 25 countries.

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