Metso automates Neste Oil’s renewable diesel plants in Singapore and Rotterdam

October 16, 2008 - Metso will deliver comprehensive automation and safety solutions for two greenfield plants being built by Neste Oil Corporation in Singapore and in Rotterdam in the Netherlands. As agreed with the customer, the values of the orders will not be disclosed. The orders are included in Metso Automation’s Q3 orders received.

The metsoDNA automation systems for both locations include control room stations and equipment, redundant process control stations, integrated HIMA safety systems as well as field equipment maintenance stations. Metso Automation will be working closely with Neste Oil and Technip Italy, the main contractor for both sites. Construction has already started in Singapore and the plant is scheduled to be taken into operation by the end of 2010. The Rotterdam plant will be finalized during 2011. The production capacity of the both plants will be 800,000 t/a of NExTBL Renewable Diesel.

The new automation systems will incorporate many features in operator interface, diagnostics and system interfaces jointly developed by Neste Oil and Metso during these two projects. Engineered to meet exacting requirements for safety and quality, metsoDNA provides an intuitive and user-friendly control environment for operating personnel.

Metso is currently delivering a similar automation solution for the second renewable diesel plant at Neste Oil’s Porvoo refinery in Finland; the production line will be taken into operation in 2009. Metso has also delivered an extensive automation system for sulfur-free diesel production to Porvoo refinery in 2007.

Neste Oil is a refining and marketing company concentrating on low-emission, high-quality traffic fuels. The company’s strategy is based on growing both its oil refining and premium-quality renewable diesel businesses. Neste Oil’s NExBTL Renewable Diesel is an advanced fuel based on renewable raw materials that performs more efficiently and has a lower level of environmental impact than fossil diesel. NExBTL Renewable Diesel has a 40-60% lower level of greenhouse gas emissions over its entire lifecycle compared to fossil diesel.

Metso Automation specializes in automation and information management application networks and systems, field control technology and life cycle performance services. Its main customers are energy, power and oil and gas industries as well as the pulp and paper industry.

With almost 3,900 employees, Metso Automation operates worldwide through sales and customer support units in 38 countries across Europe, North and South America, Asia and Africa. In 2007, Metso Automation’s net sales were EUR 698 million.

Metso is a global engineering and technology corporation with 2007 net sales of over EUR 6 billion. Its over 27,000 employees in approximately 50 countries serve customers in the pulp and paper industry, rock and minerals processing, the energy industry and selected other industries.