-- Three oil refinery orders upgrade existing Graham ejector system
-- New ethylene production capacity order for Graham surface condensers
BATAVIA, N.Y. – Graham Corporation (NYSE:GHM), a global business that designs, manufactures, and sells critical equipment for the oil refining, petrochemical and power industries, including the supply of components and raw materials to nuclear energy facilities, announced that it was recently awarded four orders for projects valued at approximately $10 million. The orders are for upgrades of Graham ejector system components at three oil refineries and an ethylene capacity expansion project in North America. Shipments are expected to occur during the next 9 to 15 months.
The three orders for equipment at existing North American oil refineries include replacement parts for two Canadian oil sands refineries and another oil refinery in the U.S. Due to the highly corrosive nature of feedstocks being processed, upgrading of Graham's critical components is required to enhance the throughput of these plants. These upgrades include improved metallurgy to help extend the amount of time between planned plant maintenance and inspection shut downs.
The fourth order is for a project adding ethylene production capacity on the U.S. Gulf Coast, as the abundance of readily available natural gas in North America resulting from recent technological advances has led to attractive feedstock prices. Due to its strong brand and reputation in the North American ethylene market, Graham has been selected to supply surface condensers for this project.
James R. Lines, Graham's President and Chief Executive Officer, commented, "Our large installed base in the North American oil refining market continues to drive orders as our customers attempt to reduce the frequency of plant shutdowns and change the feedstock refining capabilities of their facilities. We believe that our customers' choice of Graham for replacement equipment is a testament to our quality and reliability."
Mr. Lines added, "The technical advances in the extraction of shale gas and oil have lowered the prices and increased the supply of feedstocks for the chemical and petrochemical industry in North America. Our pipeline of bids is double the size of what we saw at the beginning of the last expansion cycle in 2004. We remain encouraged by the overall market fundamentals, our expectation for orders to be placed during the next 12-15 months and, importantly, our capabilities today to execute a higher level of orders than in our past."
ABOUT GRAHAM CORPORATION
With world-renowned engineering expertise in vacuum and heat transfer technology, Graham Corporation is a global designer, manufacturer and supplier of custom-engineered ejectors, pumps, condensers, vacuum systems and heat exchangers. For more than 77 years, Graham has built a reputation for top quality, reliable products and high-standards of customer service. Sold either as components or complete system solutions, the principal markets for Graham's equipment are energy, including oil and gas refining and nuclear and other power generation, chemical/petrochemical and other process industries. In addition, Graham's equipment can be found in diverse applications, such as metal refining, pulp and paper processing, shipbuilding, water heating, refrigeration, desalination, food processing, pharmaceutical, heating, ventilating and air conditioning, and in nuclear power installations, both inside the reactor vessel and outside the containment vessel.
Graham Corporation's subsidiary Energy Steel & Supply Co. is a leading code fabrication and specialty machining company dedicated exclusively to the nuclear power industry.
Graham Corporation's reach spans the globe. Its equipment is installed in facilities from North and South America to Europe, Asia, Africa and the Middle East. Graham routinely posts news and other important information on its website, www.graham-mfg.com, where additional comprehensive information on Graham Corporation and its subsidiaries can be found.
Jeffrey F. Glajch
Vice President - Finance and CFO
Phone: (585) 343-2216