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March 7, 2008

Metso Automation and ABB intensify cooperation

Gerald Ondrey

ABB in Norway ( and Metso Automation (Helsinki; have reached a mutual agreement regarding joint activities and have signed a memorandum of understanding for future collaboration in the oil and gas industry. The integration of Metso Automation’s flow-control technology with ABB’s automation systems will result in improved safety, reliability and process efficiency on oil and gas installations.

ABB has extensive knowledge and experience of automation technology products, enhanced oil production, asset management and information management systems, and system integration. Metso Automation has extensive knowledge and experience of process control valves, emergency valves, intelligent valve controllers and partial-stroke testing devices for emergency valves. Both companies recognize that their capabilities and expertise are complementary within the field of valve monitoring in the oil and gas industry and wish to exploit this knowledge further.

“We have previously cooperated with ABB on many customer projects and further integration of Neles products with ABB’s automation system 800xA will benefit our customers,” says Markku Simula, vice president of Metso Automation’s Neles Product Line.

Integration of Neles ND9000 intelligent valve controllers and ABB’s 800xA system and asset management solutions are already in operation today at the Shell Ormen Lange gas plant on the western coast of Norway.

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