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CGG : Sercel Launches 508XT Land Acquisition System

PARIS, France, Sept. 24, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) --
Sercel announces today the launch of its new 508(XT) system, which heralds a new
paradigm in land seismic acquisition by offering MegaCrews the ability to record
up  to  one  million  channels  in  real  time,  resulting in unparalleled image

The  508(XT) is the first member of  Sercel's new generation of state-of-the-art
land  seismic acquisition systems designed to drive crew productivity, operating
flexibility and data quality to a new level.

Powered  by Sercel's new step-changing cross-technology architecture, branded as
X-Tech(TM) or (XT) for short, the 508(XT) system combines the best of cabled and
wireless system technologies and integrates a host of exciting new capabilities.
X-Tech allows access to data with zero downtime and in real time thanks to a new
generation  of intelligent  networking technology.  Specific features  for local
data  storage, automatic  rerouting, and  new levels  of redundancy  and quality
control ensure non-stop production.

Along  with  the  508(XT) system,  Sercel  also introduces QuietSeis(TM), a new,
high-performance  digital sensor based on next-generation MEMS, allowing seismic
signals  to  be  recorded  with  three  times less instrument noise than before.
Compatible  with  Sercel's  leading  VE464  vibroseis  solution, the 508(XT) and
QuietSeis offer the best single-sensor acquisition solution, making data capture
easier, faster and more accurate.

In addition, with its reduced weight, need for fewer people per crew and reduced
battery  unit requirement  (up to  100 times less  than competing  systems), the
508(XT) increases  crew productivity and significantly reduces acquisition costs
while  continuing to accommodate a wide  range of sensors (1C or multicomponent,
digital or analog).

Pascal  Rouiller,  Sercel  CEO,  said:  "Expanding  on the commercial success of
Sercel's  400 series, which  has sold  more than  4 million 408 and 428 channels
worldwide  to  date,  the  508(XT) ushers  in  a  new  era for land seismic data
acquisition.  It offers unparalleled data  quality and integrity for continuous,
very  rapid  acquisition.  Its  X-Tech  architecture  combines  the best of both
wireless  and  cabled  technologies  to  introduce  a  new  level of acquisition
flexibility  and operational reliability for  all types of geographies, climates
and environments."

Jean-Georges  Malcor, CGG CEO, said: "Sercel has  once again raised the bar with
its  launch of the 508(XT) system.  Its one-million-channel recording capability
is  unique  to  the  industry  and  will  be pivotal in the evolution of onshore
seismic.  It will also play a key role in the wider adoption of broadband, high-
density  wide-azimuth surveys by our clients to optimize field development plans
and  maximize production. The 508(XT) is exactly  the toolkit the industry needs
to  face the  growing geophysical,  operational and  environmental challenges of
conventional  and  unconventional  resources,  complex  new frontiers and mature

About CGG

CGG ( is a fully integrated Geoscience company providing leading
geological, geophysical and reservoir capabilities to its broad base of
customers primarily from the global oil and gas industry. Through its three
complementary business divisions of Equipment, Acquisition and Geology,
Geophysics & Reservoir (GGR), CGG brings value across all aspects of natural
resource exploration and exploitation.
CGG employs over 9,800 people around the world, all with a Passion for
Geoscience and working together to deliver the best solutions to its customers.

CGG is listed on the Euronext Paris SA (ISIN: 0000120164) and the New York Stock
Exchange (in the form of American Depositary Shares. NYSE: CGG).


 Christophe Barnini
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