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Alcatel selected by Technip to supply an integrated communications solution for the Akpo offshore field of Total in Nigeria


Paris, February 6, 2006 - Alcatel (Paris: CGEP.PA and NYSE: ALA) today announced that it has been awarded a contract by Technip, a leader in a consortium with Hyundai Heavy Industries, to supply an integrated telecommunications solution for the Floating Production Storage and Offloading (FPSO) of the Akpo offshore oil field in Nigeria. The field is operated by Total Upstream Nigeria Limited.

Thanks to Alcatel’s strong expertise in complex project integration, Total, as the end user, will benefit from fully interconnected installations, transporting voice, data and video. It will also take advantage of flexible, scalable and vendor-neutral solutions providing communications, safety and security systems.

Responsible for the full telecommunications solution implementation, Alcatel will design, procure, integrate, install and commission all telecommunications applications, comprising more than 25 subsystems. Main subsystems include Public Address/General Alarm, radio systems, CCTV, Alcatel OmniPCX Enterprise communication servers, telephone and data. The installation and integration will be performed on board the FPSO in the Hyundai Heavy Industry shipyard in Korea, and will be commissioned in Korea and in Nigeria (after towing). The project began in July 2005, and the FPSO will be ready for start up in the third quarter of 2008.

“This is a significant win against international competition for Alcatel on the oil and gas market,” said Frederic Rose, President of Alcatel’s integration and services activities. “We are very proud of using our project management capability and engineering expertise in telecommunications systems to undertake the integration of such a complex project, and for such a customer as Total, a key reference in this business. This award demonstrates Alcatel’s credibility and competitiveness as a telecommunications integrator in oil and gas.”

About Alcatel’s Integration and Services activities
Alcatel offers a comprehensive portfolio of services to industries and public sectors (energy, transport, public sectors, defense and security) as well as to all telecom carriers (fixed and mobile). For industries and public sectors, Alcatel offers integrated and reliable communications solutions through a range of services including network design, procurement, integration, deployment, security and maintenance. Alcatel’s integrated solutions cover both multi-vendor and multi-technology communications networks and are customized to the specific needs of the customer. Alcatel brings to industry and public sectors global reach, telecom expertise and significant experience in integrating and deploying large-scale projects throughout the world.

About Alcatel
Alcatel provides communications solutions to telecommunication carriers, Internet service providers and enterprises for delivery of voice, data and video applications to their customers or employees. Alcatel brings its leading position in fixed and mobile broadband networks, applications and services, to help its partners and customers build a user-centric broadband world. With sales of EURO 13.1 billion and 58,000 employees in 2005, Alcatel operates in more than 130 countries.


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