[FIN] Outokumpu’s new duplex steel for biogas tanks

Outokumpu will deliver stainless steel to the German company Börger GmbH for building tanks to be used in biogas production. This is Outokumpu’s first order for the recently launched new duplex steel grade LDX 2404®. The steel for the tanks will be produced at Outokumpu in Avesta Sweden.

The main reasons for constructing the tanks in LDX 2404® are the high corrosion resistance and excellent mechanical properties of the steel. By choosing LDX 2404®, Börger will be able to reduce the thickness of the plates by about 25%, resulting in the same levels of weight reductions in the construction. This is a highly cost efficient alternative to the corresponding conventional stainless steel grades.”We chose Outokumpu’s LDX 2404® because of the excellent corrosion properties, making the steel highly suitable for biogas tanks”, says Mr. Gerd Buss at Börger.
”Biogas is an important growth market as the need for renewable energy is increasing. Moreover, these biogas tanks will be built in a for us new way- they will be bolted, not welded. The advantage with bolted tanks is decreased thickness and much shorter on site construction time. This is an exciting project with the potential to open a new market for us”, says Anders Magnusson, Tank Application Manager at Outokumpu.

Outokumpu LDX 2404® was developed at Outokumpu’s Research Centre in Avesta. The steel was launched in late 2010 and it is the sixth member of the duplex family. LDX 2404® has high corrosion resistance and excellent mechanical properties. The grade is suitable for use in for example pressure vessels, tanks and desalination plants. Duplex steel grades contain less nickel, and more nitrogen and chrome than the corresponding conventional austenitic steel grades. Outokumpu has a global market share of 50 percent in duplex steels.

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[SWE] Ericsson selected by Magyar Telekom to modernize its network

With ever-increasing demands for data services and a strong commitment to providing the best available network performance and quality to its customers, leading Hungarian operator Magyar Telekom, of the Deutsche Telekom Group, has chosen Ericsson to undertake a complete overhaul of its radio access network. The overhaul will drastically decrease Magyar Telekom’s operational costs while further expanding mobile broadband service performance and coverage.

Ericsson will transform Magyar Telekom’s 2G and 3G networks using the multi-standard RBS 6000 radio access network, which will also be ready for 4G/LTE functionality once licenses have been allocated.

Istvan Maradi, Chief Technology Officer of Magyar Telekom says:,”Our partner, Ericsson, will make sure our network will meet the most demanding expectations and help us to stay on top in Hungary. It is also makes sense for us to prepare our network for easy introduction of LTE functionality by using Ericsson’s multi-standard network.”

Nils de Baar, Head of Global Account for DT Group at Ericsson, says: ”We believe in Magyar Telekom’s wise decision to introduce a multi-standard technology when the aging 2G network needs a strong boost. This will bring both a reduction in OPEX and a better user experience, while also preparing the network to meet the ever-growing demand for mobile broadband. This is a prestigious obligation for us and we will make every effort to meet our customers’ expectations.”

Ericsson Hungary celebrates 100 years in Hungary in 2011. Ericsson today has the largest R&D operation in the country. Emil Nilsson, Head of Customer Unit Central Europe and President of Ericsson Hungary,said: ”This great win further emphasizes the importance of our long presence in the country and strong focus on technology leadership. With the agreement with Magyar Telekom, Ericsson has teamed up with the market leading operator once again in Hungary.”

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[FIN] Outotec to deliver gold pressure leaching technology in Russia

Outotec delivers gold recovery technology for Pokrovskiy hydrometallurgical plant in the Russian Far East in the Amur region. The contract was signed with JSC Pokrovskiy Mine, which is a part of the Russian’s third biggest gold producer Petropavlovsk Group. Contracting parties do not disclose the contract value but deliveries with similar delivery scope are typically worth of some tens of millions of Euros.

The delivery is based on the basic engineering carried out by Outotec. Outotec’s scope of delivery comprises main equipment for pressure leaching process including four autoclaves of 60 m3 with related equipment and a process control system. The equipment will be delivered over the next 18 months.

The Pokrovskiy facility needs new process technology for processing sulphide gold ore. The ore is delivered from Pioneer and Malomir gold mines in the Amur region. The facility produces annually 144,900 oz of gold. The capacity of the new pressure leaching plant is estimated to be 600,000 tonnes of concentrate a year.

”We are hoping to establish a long-term strategic partnership with Petropavlovsk Group. We are able to offer sustainable technology solutions for efficient recovery of gold and this delivery opens up us new passages for other gold projects in Russia and elsewhere. Moreover, this partnership enables us also new research possibilities and resources in Russia”, states Outotec’s CEO Pertti Korhonen.

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[SWE] Systemair winner of The Indoor Climate Prize

Systemair together with ventilation contractor Gösta Schelin and consultant firm PQR Konsult been chosen to the winner of the The Indoor Climate Prize.
Systemair, in collaboration with ventilation contractor Gösta Schelin and consultant firm PQR Konsult developed an innovative system solution. The solution enables energy efficiency of existing apartment buildings and ensures at the same time a good indoor climate.

The idea is based on the existing exhaust system, supplemented with ventilation channels in the apartments for the supply of fresh air. Systemair has developed a new energy efficient air handling unit with a high efficiency heat exchanger where up to 90% of the heat energy is recovered, which replaces the old fans. The air handling unit is placed in the attic space and new channels to the apartments are installed in the stairwell.

”The high efficiency of the air handling unit gives an energy saving up to 40 kilowatt-hours per square metre per year. This means that the majority of Sweden’s apartment buildings have a high potential for energy efficiency improvements through our common system solution”, says Pär Johansson Sales Manager Sweden

”The demand for this type of system is constantly increasing and interest is high. We see great potential for the product and system solution both in Sweden and the rest of Europe ”, says CEO Gerald Engström

The Indoor Climate Prize was founded in 2001 by Slussen Building Services in cooperation with Swedvac (Swedish society of HVAC engineers), SwedVent and The Swedish Society of Refrigeration. The Indoor Climate Prize aims at strengthening indoor climate technology position and increasing interest in the same.

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[NOR] Norske Skog sells forest in Brazil

Norske Skog sells forest areas in Brazil as part of the work to improve the company’s financial position
Norske Skog has entered into an agreement with CMNPAR Four Participacoes S.A., a Brazilian company advised by Global Forest Partners LP, a US based, SEC registered investment advisor, for the sale of around 21 500 hectares of forest in Brazil, of which 10 500 hectares are productive forest.

- We are satisfied with the sale of the forest property in Brazil, which did not generate cash and was not a core asset. This will improve our financial position by reducing our net debt, says Sven Ombudstvedt, CEO and President of Norske Skog.

The sales price for the shares is USD 63.5 million (approximately NOK 335 million), which will be paid within few days. The sale has resulted in a gain of around NOK 43 million, which will be recognized in the first quarter of 2011 and included in ”Other gains and losses”.

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[FIN] Nokia Siemens Networks completes acquisition of Motorola Solutions network infrastructure

Siemens Networks and Motorola Solutions, Inc. today jointly announced that Nokia Siemens Networks has completed its acquisition of Motorola Solutions’ Networks assets paying US $975 million in cash. As of April 30 2011, responsibility for supporting customers of Motorola Solutions’ GSM, CDMA, WCDMA, WiMAX and LTE products and services transfers to Nokia Siemens Networks.

”The people, customers and technology we’ve acquired greatly complement our existing business by taking us into new markets and broadening our market share,” said Rajeev Suri, Chief Executive Officer, Nokia Siemens Networks. ”Our combined knowledge and experience will provide our newly expanded customer base with the means to grow by providing greater value to their subscribers.”

”Motorola Solutions is pleased to complete this transaction to combine our Networks team with an industry leader,” said Greg Brown, President and Chief Executive Officer, Motorola Solutions. ”This is great news for our customers, our investors and our people and will allow Motorola Solutions to further sharpen our strategic focus on providing mission-critical solutions for our government and enterprise customers.”

The acquisition strengthens Nokia Siemens Networks’ position in key regions, particularly North America and Japan, as well as with some of the world’s major service providers. Based on revenue, the addition of Motorola Solutions’ Networks assets makes Nokia Siemens Networks the third largest wireless infrastructure vendor in the United States and the leading non-Japanese wireless vendor in Japan. In addition, the acquisition reinforces Nokia Siemens Networks’ position as the world’s second largest wireless infrastructure and services provider.

As part of the deal, responsibility for supporting 50 operators across 52 countries, as well as approximately 6900 employees, will transfer to Nokia Siemens Networks. In addition, Nokia Siemens Networks is acquiring a number of research and development facilities including sites in the United States, China, Russia, India and the UK.

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[DEN] FLSmidth wins contract for minerals equipment

FLSmidth has been awarded a contract worth approximately USD 33m from the well established Canadian based gold company Kinross Gold Corporation in Toronto, to supply gearless grinding mills for their gold plant in Mauritania.

The order from Kinross Gold Corporation comprises 1 SAG Mill and 2 ball mills to be installed as part of an expansion of Kinross Gold’s plant in the North-Western Mauritania, some 300 km north of the capital Nouakchott. The project contains FLSmidth mills which are some of the world’s largest installed and proven gearless grinding mills, and they will further strengthen FLSmidth’s position as a world-class grinding mill supplier.

Africa is a continually growing minerals market. This project highlights FLSmidth’s extensive experience in providing very large and innovative solutions to the minerals industries and marks FLSmidth as a supplier to the continent.

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[FIN] Metso to convert coal fired boiler to biomass fired in Poland

Metso will convert a coal fired CFB boiler to a biomass fired boiler for Elektrocieplownia Tychy S. A. in southern Poland. The total value of the order is approximately 20 million EUR.

The conversion of the coal fired boiler to a biomass boiler is part of EC Tychy S. A.’s production capacity reconstruction program. It focuses on the necessity to increase the share of renewable energy production and to adapt to the new, sharp emission requirements of the EU that will come into force 2016. Since year 2000 Metso has received several orders to convert coal fired boilers to biomass fired boilers in Poland, which in general takes strong incentives in green energy projects.

EC Tychy’s cooperation with Metso emphasizes Metso’s strong capability as a full-scope supplier of bioenergy solutions, as well as Metso’s long service expertise in conversion and modernization of existing power plants. The order is included in the Energy and Environmental Technology’s Q1orders received.

”Metso was chosen through the public procurement procedure to execute the task due to their service expertise and project management in this area,” states Joanna Schmid, Vice President of the Management Board of Tauron Group.

EC Tychy S.A is a subsidiary of Tauron Group, one of the largest energy companies in Poland. The holding company is engaged in all key segments of the energy market, and generates electricity from renewable sources through the operation of 35 hydroelectric power plants.

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[NOR] Mexico contract for Safe Bristolia and extensions for Jasminia and Safe Hibernia

Prosafe has been awarded a Letter of Intent by Interpetroleum Services Limited for a bareboat contract for the Safe Bristolia, and contract extensions for the Jasminia and Safe Hibernia. The three rigs are going to be used at Pemex’ Cantarell field in Mexico.

The Safe Bristolia bareboat contract commences mid-May 2011 and ends around end-March 2013. Mobilisation and demobilisation costs to and from the North Sea are for charterer’s account.  The total value is about USD 45.3 million.

The Jasminia bareboat contract is extended by 572 days, through to end-December 2012. The value of the extension is about USD 25.7 million. The extension of the Safe Hibernia bareboat contract is 219 days, through to mid-December 2011, and has a value of about USD 11.6 million.

Prosafe is the world’s leading owner and operator of semi-submersible accommodation/service rigs. Operating profit reached USD 221.1 million in 2010. The company operates globally, employs 500 people and is headquartered in Larnaca, Cyprus. Prosafe is listed on the Oslo Stock Exchange with ticker code PRS.

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[FIN] Finnish Coast Guard chooses Scania engines again

The Finnish Coast Guard is ordering another 20 Scania engines for their new patrol boats and thereby continues the cooperation from 2008.

Scania has received an order for 20 engines from the Finnish Coast Guard for new patrol boats. Each of the ten boats, Watercat 1300 Patrol, will be powered by two Scania 12-litre engines with an output of 700 hp each.

This order follows up on the cooperation that started in 2008. Today 14 Finnish patrol boats are powered by Scania engines.

- We see the continued confidence as proof of the engines’ high performance and reliability also in extremely tough marine environments, says Mikael Lindner, Sales Director Marine Engines at Scania.

The patrol boats will have a maximum speed of over 40 knots thanks to the combination of two 12-litre engines and waterjet propulsion. The concept is an ideal solution for coast guard, border guard, sea rescue and other similar tasks, Mikael Lindner states.

Deliveries will start in April to boat builder Marine Alutech Oy AB in Finland. The deal is made in cooperation with Scania’s Finnish distributor Oy Scan-Auto AB in Helsinki.

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