Stock Exchange release September 26, 2007 12:00:00 PM CET

Metso's valves to one of the world's largest desalination plants in Saudi Arabia

Metso Automation will deliver valves to seawater desalination plant to be constructed by thermal desalination specialist company SIDEM of France (Société Internationale de Dessalement). The first part of the delivery will take place in the first quarter of 2008. One of the world's largest desalination plants will start its operations in 2010. The order value exceeds EUR 3 million.
 
Metso Automation's delivery consists of close to 300 control valves for 27 desalination units, each having a capacity of 29,630 m3/day. The diameters of the ordered valves range between 80 to 1,100 mm.
 
The desalination plant will be a part of the Independent Water and Power Production Project (IWPP) that is led by power and water utility company MARAFIQ of Saudi Arabia. After the completion of the project, the desalination plant will provide 800,000 m3/day of desalinated water to Jubail Industrial City and the Eastern Province of Saudi Arabia.
 
IWPP project will be carried out by a consortium of SIDEM, General Electric of USA and Hyunday Heavy Industries of Korea. SIDEM, part of Veolia Water Solutions & Technologies, is one of the world leaders in thermal seawater desalination through low temperature distillation processes.
 
Metso is a global engineering and technology corporation with 2006 net sales of approximately EUR 5 billion. Its more than 26,000 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:
Alain Lelong, Regional Sales Manager, Flow Control business line, Metso Automation,
tel. + 33 6 07 95 35 14