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July 17, 2009 15:29 ET

MatrikonOPC Announces Global Partnership With Shell for OPC Connectivity

Shell standardizes on MatrikonOPC for OPC Connectivity

EDMONTON, ALBERTA--(Marketwire - July 17, 2009) - Matrikon Inc. (TSX:MTK)

MatrikonOPC™, the world's leading OPC vendor, today announced a formal partnership with the Shell Group for supply of OPC Connectivity Products. This global standardisation provides Shell facilities with unlimited use of MatrikonOPC products, as well as training, support and on-site services for their operations. This collaboration introduces efficiencies that deliver significant value to Shell by reducing operating costs throughout the enterprise. The strategic standardisation also creates a platform that allows for the introduction of cutting edge technology, including the upcoming OPC UA specification.

Tom Schmid from the Global Production Portfolio team in Shell International Exploration and Production explains: "A corporate agreement with MatrikonOPC provides a cost effective means to deploy MatrikonOPC products in a standard way to solidify key parts of the real-time layer of our Enterprise Production Architecture. This global standardisation allows us to minimize our project risk, reduce project implementation time, and cut operating costs. It also allows us to leverage common support processes and resources to provide more effective and consistent support around the globe. The relationship provides us a partnership to evaluate new and emerging OPC technology, and the ability to quickly adopt these new technologies when they are proven to add value. MatrikonOPC's continued involvement in our projects allows us to provide communication redundancy and security to ensure that valuable data is available and secure in real-time throughout our Enterprise Production Architecture."

"Corporate licensing agreements like these benefit both the end customer and MatrikonOPC by ensuring that the right products are integrated with their systems for maximum benefit to their operations," explained Sean Leonard, Vice President, OPC Products at Matrikon. "Our commitments to reliability and security are critical requirements for companies right now. Through our partnership with Shell, both sides recognize the benefits that can be achieved through a closer working relationship. It's about understanding their challenges to provide the best products, training and on-going support for an exceptional industrial communication architecture."

About Shell

Shell is a worldwide group of oil, gas and petrochemical companies. It's one of the largest independent oil and gas enterprises in the world. Shell is active in more than 100 countries and territories and employs 102,000 people worldwide. For more than 100 years their logo, the name 'Shell' and the distinctive red and yellow colors have identified the Shell brand.

Shell believes that oil and gas will be integral to the global energy needs for economic development for many decades to come. Their role is to ensure that they extract and deliver oil and gas in economically, environmentally and socially responsible ways.

For more information on Shell, visit: www.shell.com

About MatrikonOPC (a division of Matrikon Inc. (TSX:MTK))

MatrikonOPC provides software solutions that access process information data using OPC standard-based communication. Their promise is to allow clients to unlock the potential of their data and provide them with comprehensive training and superior customer care. MatrikonOPC builds close relationships with their customers, which allows them to have a true understanding of their business requirements. MatrikonOPC helps them attain operational efficiency from both a technical and business perspective. With offices in Canada, the United States, Europe, Asia-Pacific, and the Middle East, they provide local presence on a global scale. MatrikonOPC is committed to connectivity.

Visit MatrikonOPC at www.MatrikonOPC.com.

MatrikonOPC and Matrikon are trademarks or registered trademarks of Matrikon Inc.

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