Accenture to Acquire Specialist Hytracc Consulting, Expanding Its Hydrocarbon and Revenue Accounting Services to Oil and Gas Companies
STAVANGER, NORWAY; August 5, 2014 – Accenture (ACN:NYSE) has entered into an agreement to acquire Hytracc Consulting, a specialist consulting company that designs and implements hydrocarbon production data management and accounting solutions that help oil and gas companies achieve greater value by more effectively tracking, managing and delivering hydrocarbons from the wellhead to the sales meter. The transaction will expand Accenture’s upstream production management solutions and services portfolio. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed, and the acquisition is subject to regulatory review and other customary closing conditions.
Based in Stavanger with operations in six countries, Hytracc provides specialist consulting and software implementation and support services within the hydrocarbon supply chain. The software solutions deployed by Hytracc enable oil and gas companies to track and record production volumes and revenues accurately from production to processing, transport, sales and revenue recognition. The company is a primary supplier of expertise and services for Energy Components (EC), a hydrocarbon accounting solution.
“Hytracc’s specialist skills together with Accenture’s deep technology and production management capabilities will offer a powerful combination to oil and gas companies seeking to increase rigor and accountability in hydrocarbon accounting solution deployment,” said Andrew Smart, energy industry managing director for Accenture. “This transaction will further enhance our commitment to becoming the provider of choice for upstream production management services.”
Henning Stokke, Founder and Director of Hytracc, added, “Accenture and Hytracc are joining forces to create scalable systems integration capabilities to better serve the hydrocarbon and revenue accounting needs of our oil and gas clients worldwide. Hytracc was founded with the aim of changing the way the upstream industry manages the hydrocarbon supply chain. This work will continue with even greater force as part of Accenture. Both companies have proven track records, industry depth and technology expertise, which also will make the combination a good fit. ”
Hytracc will operate within Accenture’s Resources operating group, complementing Accenture’s upstream production management solutions, including hydrocarbon and revenue accounting outsourcing services.
Accenture is a global management consulting, technology services and outsourcing company, with more than 293,000 people serving clients in more than 120 countries. Combining unparalleled experience, comprehensive capabilities across all industries and business functions, and extensive research on the world’s most successful companies, Accenture collaborates with clients to help them become high-performance businesses and governments. The company generated net revenues of US$28.6 billion for the fiscal year ended Aug. 31, 2013. Its home page is www.accenture.com.
Hytracc is the world’s leading skill centre for the hydrocarbon supply chain. Hytracc designs and implements state-of-the-art hydrocarbon management solutions for the oil and gas industry. Based in Stavanger, Norway, and with operations in six countries, Hytracc has approximately 100 skilled staff. Homepage: www.hytracc.com
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