Global software firm Schlumberger Information Solutions (SIS) has secured a new five-year contract from Common Data Access (CDA), a subsidiary of Oil & Gas UK, to operate the CDA DataStore.

The DataStore is a centralised application used by oil and gas explorers to source subsurface data gathered from the UK continental shelf.

CDA chief executive Malcolm Fleming said: "Exploration and production companies operating in a mature province like the UKCS need to use their resources in the most efficient way possible and fast access to quality data is crucial to business success.

"It makes operational and commercial sense to combine the three separate contracts into one and to use this as an opportunity to introduce the improvements our clients are telling us they want to see in our services."

Gordon Ballard, Schlumberger Oilfield Uk chairman, added: "The services offered by the CDA DataStore allow UK operators and other parties to rapidly and cost-effectively access quality data on UKCS wells, seismic surveys, production licences and infrastructure from anywhere in the world."