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Metso to Supply a Minerals Processing System to Elkem Solar in Norway

Metso Minerals will supply a minerals processing system to Elkem Solar for its processing plant in Kristiansand, Norway. The delivery will be completed during the first quarter of 2008. The value of the order is approximately EUR 6 million. The order is included in Metso's second quarter order backlog.

The order comprises crushing and screening as well as quartz washing equipment and engineering services. The equipment delivery includes a primary crusher, a fluid bed dryer, a conveyor and two screens. Metso will also supply erection supervision and project management services, and auxiliary equipment.

Elkem's plant produces pure silisium, which is used for the production of solar panels.

Elkem is one of the world's leading companies for environmentally sound production of metals and materials. The company employs close to 3,000 people and in 2006, its revenues totaled approximately NOK 2 billion (EUR 250 million). Elkem is a subsidiary of Orkla ASA, a Norway-based conglomerate.

Metso is a global engineering and technology corporation with 2006 net sales of approximately EUR 5 billion. Its 25,500 employees in more than 50 countries serve customers in the pulp and paper industry, rock and minerals processing, the energy industry and selected other industries.

For further information please contact:
Eirik Brekke
Country Manager
Metso Minerals
tel. +47 33 361 021

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