8 December 2008

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ABB won a contract to supply automation systems, equipment, and services for a new seamless steel tube and pipe production plant for Vallourec & Sumitomo Tubos do Brasil. The new plant will have an annual capacity of 600,000 tons per year of seamless steel pipes primarily dedicated to the production of seamless Oil Country Tubular Goods products. ABB won an order worth $8.7 million to supply power and automation equipment to SCAOrtviken's new pulp line at its paper mill in northern Sweden. ABB's delivery includes an integrated process and electrical automation system based on System 800xA that will reduce energy losses and increase operational reliability in the pulp line.

Emerson opened its new Asia Flow Technology Center in Nanjing, China, strengthening the company's presence in Asia Pacific and expanding production capacity and services for its flow metering and measurement technologies serving the oil and gas, refining, petrochemicals, marine, life sciences, food and beverage, metals and mining, and pulp and paper industries. Emerson opened the Mizushima Solutions Center in Okayama, Japan, to give Japanese customers easy access to the company's suite of automation technology, engineering services, and global project management expertise and to reinforce the company's long-term business commitment in Japan. The Center operates as a service hub to ensure a quick response to customer requests in the Mizushima industrial area and throughout western Japan. Emerson formed an alliance with MitsubishiPower Systems Americas, Inc. of Orlando, Fla., combining Emerson's power plant automation and control knowledge with Mitsubishi's experience in gas and steam turbine design and service. Emerson's Smart Wireless technology is helping to provide valuable condition monitoring information at the Total Petrochemicals plant in Carling Saint Avold, France. Total Petrochemicals, part of the TOTAL group, is the fifth largest petrochemical company in the world and produces a range of basic petrochemicals at the Carling site including ethylene, propylene, methane, and styrene, as well as plastic consumer products including polyethylene and polystyrene.

Honeywell won an $11 million contract to provide process control hardware and software to Nuon's Magnum plant, a 1300 megawatt combined-cycle (3 units) power station under construction in Eemshaven, the Netherlands. In its first phase of construction, the plant can supply electricity for approximately 2 million homes. In the second gasification phase, the plant will be able to convert coal, biomass, and natural gas into clean power. Honeywell will provide the process control and safety systems for a new NSE Biofuels Oy Ltd. research facility in Varkaus, Finland. The demonstration plant will develop processes to produce renewable biofuels from wood residues. The resulting biofuels will help reduce greenhouse gases in the automotive transportation sector and help meet stringent European Union standards for the reduction of fossil fuel. NSE Biofuels Oy Ltd. is a joint venture between Stora Enso Oyj and Neste Oil Corporation.

Invensys Process Systems signed a $6 million contract with Saipem, a subsidiary of Italian energy company Eni and one of the largest turnkey contractors in the oil and gas industry. Under the terms of the deal, IPS will provide and install automation and safety equipment on a floating production, storage, and offloading structure destined for use in the Gimboa field, located nearly 85 kilometers off the coast of Angola.

Netrion, an embedded systems company specializing in training and engineering services, unveiled its winter schedule of training courses, featuring its first "Developing Effective Coding Standards" course, which focuses on empowering organizations to create bug-eliminating embedded software coding standards that also improve maintainability and portability.

NITTA Corporation of Osaka, Japan, appointed TMI Optics Sales Company of Armonk, N.Y., to market their planar optical splitters in the U.S.

Rockwell Automation will use its new name Rockwell Automation PlantPAx systems and solutions to signify investments the company has made in process automation. The PlantPAx portfolio unifies core capabilities and technologies with those of the company's leading partners. Rockwell Automation reached an agreement to acquire all assets and business of Xi'An Hengsheng Science & Technology Company Limited, a privately held engineering firm that delivers automation solutions to the electrical power and other heavy process industries in China.

Springfield Manufacturing LLC opened its new manufacturing facility in Houston, to support offload manufacturing from regional industrial gas turbine original equipment manufacturers.

Wurldtech Security Technologies awarded Trident industrial controller from Invensys Process Systems the Achilles Level 1 Cyber-Security Certification. The Achilles Certified designation endorses equipment manufacturers to demonstrate the resiliency of their Ethernet-enabled control systems to customers.

Zyrist, out of New Delhi, India, launched their new web platform designed to offer professionals and businesses opportunities to collaborate with others around the world in order to create innovative solutions to problems and give users the ability to commercialize their existing business solutions.

Career Moves

Steve Campbell is the new global account manager for Shell Deepwater, a division of Shell E&P, headquartered in New Orleans, La.

Yokogawa's Richard Gaas is the new vice president, North America, responsible for running sales and marketing in North America from the Sugar Land, Tex., location.

Sagar Patel recently joined British Petroleum's global major accounts group as the North American regional account manager.