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Yokogawa to supply operator training system to LNG Plant in Norway

Yokogawa to supply operator training system to LNG Plant in Norway
September 10, 2009 - Yokogawa Norway received an order to supply an operator training system (OTS) for a natural gas liquefaction plant that is being built in Tananger (near Stavanger), Norway.

The OTS is composed of the OmegaLand simulation engine and a safety and automation system (SAS) made up of the CENTUM VP Integrated Production Control System and the ProSafe-RS Safety Instrumented System. The OTS order has been placed with Yokogawa by Skangass AS, a joint venture between the Norwegian utility Lyse Gass and the finance firm Celsius Invest.

The new LNG facility will have an annual production capacity of 300,000 tons that will be supplied to customers throughout Scandinavia and the Baltic region beginning in 2010. Thanks to a highly energy-efficient liquefaction process developed by Linde, the new plant will feature much lower emissions than comparable facilities.

The OTS will use the same SAS as the actual plant, with identical graphics and alarm behavior. This high fidelity model of the LNG liquefaction process will behave exactly like the actual plant and allow plant upsets and equipment malfunctions to be simulated in an offline environment. This makes it possible for operators to repeat training so that they are always prepared for such situations.

According to Arne Sandstedt, Operations Manager at the Skangass LNG plant, the OTS will be instrumental in the training program for operators and contribute to safe start-up and efficient operation of the LNG plant. “Yokogawa has strong experience in LNG processes and their engineers understand our process. We look forward to completing the project and starting training.”

John van der Geer, Manager of Yokogawa’s Norwegian operations, added, “We are very pleased to expand our deliveries to Skangass. Since we already supplied the SAS and instrumentation, now with the OTS, the LNG plant will use nearly all Yokogawa products.”

The contract was awarded in May 2009 and the installation of the OTS will be completed in November 2009.

About Skangass
Skangass AS was established in 2007. The company is owned by Lyse AS (50 percent) and Celcius Invest AS. Skangass will be responsible for the operation of the new LNG plant at Risavika (Sola municipality). The installation will have a yearly production of 300,000 tons. The total value of Skangass investment in this new facility exceeds two billion Norwegian kroner, and includes logistics and installations. Gas will be taken in from a 50 km high pressure gas pipeline from Kårstø that was built by Lyse.

Skangass's vision and business concept is to create value downstream in the petroleum based industry. The company aims to become the market leader in LNG-based energy solutions through products and competences that provide customers the best solutions. Skangass is striving to become the preferred LNG supplier for Scandinavia.

About Yokogawa Electric Corporation
Yokogawa's global network of 19 manufacturing facilities and 85 companies spans 40 countries. Since its founding in 1915, the US$4 billion company has been engaged in cutting-edge research and innovation, securing more than 8,000 patents and registrations, including the world's first digital sensors for flow and pressure measurement. Industrial automation and control, test and measurement, information systems and industry support are the core businesses of Yokogawa.

About Yokogawa Norway and Yokogawa Europe
Yokogawa Norway is a branch office of Yokogawa Europe Branches B.V., which was established in 2008 to oversee all Yokogawa branch offices in Europe and Africa. Their parent organization is Yokogawa Europe B.V., which was founded in Amersfoort, the Netherlands in 1982 and has its own sales, service and engineering operations throughout Europe. This dedicated network has been extended to central and eastern Europe and southern Africa to further enhance the coverage and support associated with serving the process control and automation marketplace. Yokogawa Europe develops and produces flowmeters at Rota Yokogawa in Germany and liquid analyzers and industrial safety systems in the Netherlands. In addition, test & measurement (T&M) subsidiaries and distributors have been established to support our customers in the continuously developing T&M instrumentation market.

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