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Choosing Valves for Refining Applications

Metso has won an order from Technip to supply the latest generation of its automated on-off valves and actuators to the Algiers Refinery, 10 km South of Algiers, in Algeria.

Metso has won an order from Technip to supply the latest generation of its automated on-off valves and actuators to the Algiers Refinery, 10 km South of Algiers, in Algeria. Metso will be the main on-off valves supplier of Technip for the Algiers Refinery's Rehabilitation and Adaptation project which aims at revamping existing facilities to increase capacity of crude oil processing from 2.7 to 3.6 MTPY and adapting to meet Euro - 2009 specifications for gasoline.

Metso's high-performance on-off valve and actuator solutions were selected because of their high and proven quality and reliability in particular in the most demanding refining applications worldwide. Thanks to unique valve technology and metal and soft seated designs, Metso's valve solutions provide long lasting tight shut-off with fast and safe operation together with reduced fugitive emissions. They will help the plant to meet its challenges of optimizing the various units of its process via the modernization of the instrumentation, and sustaining for the medium and long term the production of clean fuels both for the local and exports markets, as well as reducing maintenance and plant shutdown costs.

Pascal Marette, Global Commodity Family Manager, Electricity and Instrumentation comments: ''Technip has selected Metso on-off valves because Metso has been very reactive and positive in both technical and commercial aspects. Furthermore, Metso confirmed that they will be able to respect Algiers Refinery Project schedule.''

Metso delivery includes stainless steel, carbon steel valves, Neles trunnion mounted ball valves, metal and soft seated valves, triple eccentric NeldiscR and Jamesbury soft-seated ball valves, valve ranging in size from 3/4 to 24 inches, for all of the areas including RFCC, naphtha processing units, and new LPG storage unit. The delivery will comprise all together more than 145 automated on-off valves for a delivery scheduled in spring 2013. The contract value will not be disclosed.

Algiers refinery was built in 1964 and produces motor fuels and LPG for local market and naphtha and fuel oil for export. It belongs to Sonatrach, the largest oil and gas company in Algeria and Africa. The rehabilitation process of Algiers Refinery is scheduled to be ready at the end of 2013 and is part of a broader oil Refineries upgrading Program for the production of clean fuels in Algeria initiated by Sonatrach. Technip acts as EPC Contractor for the Algiers Refinery Rehabilitation and Adaptation project.

Experienced in valves

Metso is the leading valve solutions and services provider. Metso's Flow Control solutions include control valves, automated on/off and emergency shut-down valves, as well as smart positioners and condition monitoring. Metso's world-leading brands include Neles, Jamesbury and Mapag.

Due to Metso's strong position in advanced valves technology, services are a major part of the offering. Several of our service centers are located close to major production facilities in order to support our customers. For valve customers, Metso already has 31 service centers around the globe, and a new supply and service center was opened in India last spring.

Technip is a world leader in project management, engineering and construction for the energy industry. From the deepest subsea oil  and gas developments to the largest and most complex offshore and onshore infrastructures, Technip's 30,000 people are constantly offering the best solutions and most innovative technologies to meet the world's energy challenges. Present in 48 countries, Technip has state-of-the-art industrial assets on all continents and operates a fleet of specialized vessels for pipeline installation and subsea construction.

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