PETROCHINA ADOPTS ENVIRONMENTAL, CRISIS MANAGEMENT SOFTWARE FROM U.S. FIRM ESS

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Source: IHS Markit

$2.3 million implementation of Essential SuiteT represents a landmark for compliance and risk reduction in the People¹s Republic of China

TEMPE, Ariz. - November 2, 2005 - PetroChina Company Limited (NYSE: PTR), the largest oil and gas producer in the People¹s Republic of China, has awarded a contract to ESS, the leading Environmental, Health & Safety (EH&S) and Crisis Management company, for the first enterprise-wide compliance and crisis software implementation of its kind in the country, officials from both organizations announced today.

Under the agreement, Essential SuiteT, the fully integrated, browser-based solution by ESS, will be used in 41 regional branches,¬ each with between two and 10 factories ¬ throughout China. The pilot phase of the implementation will be conducted at Dagang oilfield and the Dushanz petrochemical unit, said Wang Guangjun, Vice General Manager of the QHSE department at PetroChina.

"Our goal is to implement an EH&S information system that satisfies the business requirements of our environmental professionals and is consistent with the IT Master Plan of PetroChina," said Mr. Wang. Essential Suite will be used to build an effective EH&S system that is easy to implement and maintain a system that we can leverage to improve management skills and decision making in our EH&S business."

Robert Johnson, CEO of ESS, said, "PetroChina's use of enterprise EH&S and Crisis Management software represents a major breakthrough in environmental compliance and operational risk management in China. With this enterprise-wide implementation of Essential Suite, PetroChina assumes the leadership role there for corporate social, environmental and financial responsibility in areas including greenhouse gas reduction programs, improved worker safety, enhanced emergency management and pollution prevention."

A very comprehensive selection of Essential Suite modules have been chosen for the implementation. Included are Essential Compliance ManagerT, Essential Task ManagerT, Essential AirT, Essential WaterT, Essential WasteT, Essential FEMST and Essential Incident MasterT. ESS is collaborating with IBM Global Services and Chinese partner Tsinghua Solutions on the project.

About ESS
ESS is the leading provider of Operational Risk Management software and services for Environmental, Health and Safety (EH&S) and Crisis Management. The company has provided more than 35,000 Compliance SuiteT and Essential SuiteT software licenses to businesses, government agencies and other organizations worldwide. For information, visit www.ess-home.com.

About PetroChina
PetroChina is one of the largest companies in the People¹s Republic of China. Established as a joint stock company with limited liabilities under the Company Law of the People¹s Republic of China in 1999 as part of the restructuring of state-owned China National Petroleum Corporation, PetroChina is engaged in a broad range of activities relating to its exploration, production, refining, marketing, and chemical and natural gas businesses. For more information, visit www.petrochina.com.cn.

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