CNPC’s crisis management

ESS Software signs major deal with China National Petroleum Co. for supply of Environmental, Health and Safety monitoring package. ‘Essential Suite’ monitors facilities with Microsoft Virtual Earth.

China National Petroleum Company (CNPC) has selected environmental, health and safety (EH&S) specialist ESS Software to provide an integrated IM platform for ‘business sustainability’ and compliance across its mainland Chinese operations. Tempe, AZ-based ESS’ system supports CNPC’s upstream and downstream, oilfield services, engineering and construction, material and equipment manufacturing and supply operations.

Crisis management

ESS flagships, the Essential and Compliance Suites manage operational risk for a range of global, regional and local environmental data management requirements.


Essential Suite includes a browser-based front end for point-and-click access to emissions information and tools for emergency management and other large-scale events. Compliance Suite provides (in the US) OSHA/EPA recordkeeping and reporting as well as tools for worker training and safety.

Virtual Earth

The packages support all phases of emergency management from mitigation though preparedness, response and recovery. Tracking software keeps tabs on resources and inventory, including daily staff and strike team members. Automated alerts and notifications can be sent to team members via desktop, laptop or a Pocket PC. Integration with Microsoft’s Virtual Earth allows facility data to be displayed on a backdrop of maps, satellite and aerial imagery.


The ESS platform has been translated into Mandarin for use in China and also includes support for CNPC’s multimode emissions control initiatives, including greenhouse gas and carbon management. CNPC selected ESS following the successful implementation of ESS software at PetroChina (the world’s largest company by market capitalization). According to ESS, the PetroChina deployment increased PetroChina’s productivity by driving process improvements that generated time and cost savings while improving management decision making.


ESS COE Robert Johnson said, ‘CNPC chose ESS following an extensive review of the marketplace. Companies like CNPC and PetroChina selected our integrated enterprise platform because we deliver proven, reliable solutions that reduce complexity, risks and costs.’


‘ESS software is transforming the way companies manage EH&S and emergencies at both tactical and strategic levels to ensure business continuity.’ ESS Clients in the oil and gas vertical include Halliburton, Sunoco and KNPC, Kuwait and Lyondell Houston Refining. IBM Global Services is to manage the deployment project.

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