Metso to Supply Coke Calcining Equipment to Seadrift in the USA

Metso Minerals will supply coke calcining equipment to Seadrift Coke L.P. for upgrading its coke plant in Port Lavaca, Texas. The delivery will be completed during the second quarter of 2009. The value of the order is approximately EUR 8 million and it was included in Metso's fourth quarter order backlog of 2007.

The order comprises a rotary kiln, rotary cooler as well as auxiliary equipment.
The capacity of the Port Lavaca plant is currently close to 150,000 tonnes of coke per annum. Once the calcining upgrade is complete, Seadrift will have a calcining capacity well in excess of 200,000 tonnes per annum. Seadrift Coke employs some 130 people and a varying number of contract personnel.

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:
Kenneth Brame, Vice President, Pyro processing, Mining business line, Metso Minerals, tel + 1 570 271 7719

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