Metso Supplies Major Automation Upgrade to Borealis in Finland

Extensive automation upgrade and new safety systems improve processes and safety while maintaining high system usability.

Borealis, a leading provider of innovative solutions in the fields of polyolefins, base chemicals and fertilizers, is upgrading and extending its current automation systems with new ones from Metso at its production site in Porvoo, Finland. The automation renewals are based on long-term life-cycle plans that Borealis has made together with Metso.

Metso will carry out automation and emergency shutdown system extensions to the existing Metso DNA system when the polyethylene plant is upgraded with third-generation technology. An extension to the independent emergency shutdown system includes a gas detection system for hydrocarbon leak avoidance.

Metso will also supply emergency shutdown systems for the aromatics plant as well as automation renewals for the aromatics and polypropylene plants. In addition, the operator training simulator will be upgraded with Metso's automation and emergency shutdown system.

The project is scheduled for completion by May 2015. The order has been included in Metso's first and second quarters 2014 orders received.

About Borealis

Borealis is a leading provider of innovative solutions in the fields of polyolefins, base chemicals and fertilizers. This year, the company celebrates its 20th anniversary. With headquarters in Vienna, Austria, Borealis currently employs around 6,400 and operates in over 120 countries. It generated EUR 8.1 billion in sales revenue in 2013. The International Petroleum Investment Company (IPIC) of Abu Dhabi owns 64% of the company, with the remaining 36% owned by OMV, the leading energy group in the European growth belt. Borealis provides services and products to customers around the world in collaboration with Borouge, a joint venture with the Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC).

The Borealis Porvoo plant, a fully integrated petrochemical complex, has been controlled with Metso's automation systems since 1993. Porvoo is the site of one of Borealis' three Innovation Centres, the Porvoo Innovation Centre. The other two are the International Innovation Headquarters in Linz, Austria, and the Swedish Innovation Centre in Stenungsund.

Metso's process automation solutions are designed to maximize the profitability of our customers' businesses by improving their production performance and their cost, material and energy efficiency. Our extensive range of process automation solutions and services is supported by a worldwide network of automation experts. The Process Automation business serves customers in pulp and paper and other process industries, power generation, marine, and oil and gas.

Metso is a leading process performance provider, with customers in the mining, oil and gas, and aggregates industries. Metso's cutting-edge services and solutions improve availability and reliability in minerals processing and flow control, providing sustainable process and profit improvements. Metso is listed on the NASDAQ OMX Helsinki, Finland. In 2013, Metso's net sales totaled EUR 3.8 billion. Metso employs approximately 16,000 industry experts in 50 countries. Expect results.,

For further information, please contact:

Hannu Heikkilä, Customer Service Manager, Metso

tel. +358 20 483 3315, email:

Jussi Ollila, Vice President, Global Communications, Metso Corporation,

tel. +358 20 484 3212, email:

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