Stock Exchange release March 15, 2007 12:10:20 PM CET

Metso to supply bulk materials handling equipment to Richards Bay Coal Terminal in South Africa

Metso Minerals will supply bulk materials handling equipment to Bateman Africa (Pty) Ltd. for Richards Bay Coal Terminal (RBCT) situated on the east coast of South Africa. The delivery, installation and commissioning will be completed by the first quarter of 2009. The value of the order is approximately EUR 17 million (approx. ZAR 160 million).
 
The order comprises a twin-cell rotary railcar dumper system and a stacker reclaimer. The railcar dumper rotates two railcars at a time and will be capable of unloading trains at the rate of 65 railcars per hour. The stacker reclaimer has a 60-meter boom outreach with an average reclaim rate of 4,500 tonnes per hour and a stacking rate of 6,000 tonnes per hour. The order also comprises commissioning and installation services.
 
Metso's supply is part of the overall solution for the expansion of the terminal. Once the expansion is completed, the terminal annual throughput capacity will increase from 72 million tonnes to 91 million tonnes.
 
Bateman Africa is the main contractor for engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) for the RBCT phase V expansion project. RBCT is the largest single export coal terminal in the world and it employs approximately 500 permanent people.
 
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.
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For further information, please contact:
David Hicken, Vice President, Bulk Materials Handling, Mining business line, Metso Minerals, tel. +44 117 978 6203