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Ericsson’s IPTV solution chosen by Valtech

Monday, Feb 11, 2008

Valtech Communications Inc, a supplier of next-generation triple-play services in Canada, has chosen Ericsson’s (NASDAQ:ERIC) IPTV solution. Using Ericsson’s IPTV technology, Valtech will be able to provide new and value-added television services to its customers.

The Ericsson solution consists of next-generation broadband access, multi-service edge routers, world-leading video compression, IPTV middleware, and content distribution platforms. The next-generation broadband infrastructure makes it much easier to combine data, voice and video services.

The solution will enable Valtech to offer a wide range of standard, high-definition broadcast channels and interactive services. Ericsson’s IPTV solution will bring personalized and interactive multimedia services that are beyond today’s broadcast-TV experience.

René Arbic, President of Valtech, says: “We have chosen Ericsson’s solution not only because of the quality of the IPTV platform but also because of the state-of-the art components, technological partners, services capability and availability of local competence. Together, we can establish new standards for IPTV in North America and abroad.”

Mark Henderson, President and CEO of Ericsson Canada, says: “Ericsson’s IPTV solution, including components from our companies TANDBERG Televison and Redback Networks, along with our systems-integration capabilities and local services personnel, will provide Valtech with a complete solution that provides advanced services. In addition to Ericsson’s engineering excellence, Valtech was impressed by Ericsson’s Quebec-based R&D and services activities and competence.”

Ericsson is the world’s leading provider of technology and services to telecom operators. The market leader in 2G and 3G mobile technologies, Ericsson supplies communications services and manages networks that serve more than 185 million subscribers. The company’s portfolio comprises mobile and fixed network infrastructure, and broadband and multimedia solutions for operators, enterprises and developers. The Sony Ericsson joint venture provides consumers with feature-rich personal mobile devices.

Ericsson is advancing its vision of ‘communication for all’ through innovation, technology, and sustainable business solutions. Working in 175 countries, more than 70,000 employees generated revenue of USD 27.9 billion (SEK 188 billion) in 2007. Founded in 1876 and headquartered in Stockholm, Sweden, Ericsson is listed on the Stockholm, London and NASDAQ stock exchanges.

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About Ericsson IPTV

Ericsson offers an-end-to end IPTV solution consisting of IPTV middleware, video on demand, network based PVR, IPTV headends, content protection, IPTV infrastructure, system integration and IPTV applications such as games. Ericsson has today signed over 180 IPTV contracts. Those include commercial contracts, trials, IPTV System Integration projects, IPTV head-end contracts and IPTV infrastructure contracts for access, metro transport and IP Edge.

About Valtech

Valtech Communications Inc.  provides next generation triple play services, including, VoIP, high-speed internet and television services to consumers and wholesale customers.

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ArcelorMittal announces India and Egypt projects

Monday, Feb 11, 2008

ArcelorMittal, the world’s largest steel maker on Monday announced plans to build steel plants in India and Egypt.

Speaking to reporters here, Sanak Mishra, Chief Executive Officer of the company’s Indian unit said, the company has been allotted 7,000 acres of land in India’s Orissa state to build a steel project.

The state government has earmarked 6,000 acres for the 12-million tonnes steel plant and a further 1,000 acres for a 1,500-megawatt power plant,

Earlier on Sunday ArcelorMittal announced that it has been awarded a license from the Industrial Development Authority (IDA) of Egypt’s Ministry of Trade and Industry to construct a steel plant in Egypt.

The license was auctioned in a competitive bidding process and ArcelorMittal’s winning bid was approximately USD 60 million.

Under the terms of the license, the plant will produce 1.6 million tons of steel using DRI technology, and 1.4 million tons of billets through the Electric Arc Furnace Route. Construction of the plant, which will be located close to the Northern Red Sea Coast, is expected to start in 2009.

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ThyssenKrupp and Salzgitter to test Baffinland’s iron ore this summer

Monday, Feb 11, 2008

ThyssenKrupp AG and Salzgitter AG will this summer test Canadian iron ore supplied by Baffinland Iron Mines Corp (OOTC:BFIRF) (TSX:BIM’) (TSX:BIM) in an attempt to reduce their reliance on the three large iron ore suppliers, Handelsblatt reported.

The report that did not cite where it got the information said other European steel producers will be supplied as well.

It said if the iron ore proves suitable to be turned into steel, some 16 mln tonnes of iron ore could be shipped to Europe in a few years time.

Rising costs in raw materials threaten to end the steel boom the industry has witnessed for the past years. Analysts this year expect price increases in iron ore of up to 40 pct. Brazil’s Vale and Rio Tinto as well as Australia’s BHP Billiton (NYSE:BHP) control some two thirds of global iron ore supply.

German steel-makers respond by concluding long-term supply contracts, while peer ArcelorMittal is seeking buying iron ore mines itself.

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Zinifex edging closer to Allegiance takeover

Monday, Feb 11, 2008

Zinifex is expected to release a change of substantial shareholder notice to ASX Limited on 11 February 2008. Although its $A775 million bid for Allegiance has failed to attract much support between December 2007 and February 2008, Lion Selection folded on 8 February, reportedly mere hours after Lion discovered that View Resources has entered voluntary administration, in which Lion a has seven per cent stake. Zinifex CEO, Andrew Michelmore, was appointed with the specific mandate to diversify the zinc miner, and Allegiance is considered a good target given Michelmore’s nickel experience at WMC.

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ExxonMobil technology delivers new energy while reducing environmental impact

Monday, Feb 11, 2008

IRVING, Texas–(BUSINESS WIRE1)–Exxon Mobil Corporation’s (NYSE:XOM) technology leadership has resulted in another world record-setting well at the Sakhalin-1 oil project in eastern Russia, enabling the production of more energy while reducing the impact on the environment.

The well was drilled from land, using the world’s most powerful land-based rig and employing extended-reach technology, to a target area in the oil reservoir located under the ocean about 7 miles or 11 kilometers from shore – roughly the distance of 125 U.S. football fields.

“This drilling success has contributed to other Sakhalin-1 project achievements, including the commencement of production five years after the project was declared commercial and 100 marine tanker shipments in the first year of export operations, said Morris Foster, president, ExxonMobil Production Company.

“Employing extended-reach technology to drill onshore beneath the seafloor to offshore oil and gas deposits eliminates the need for additional offshore structures, pipelines and associated activities, said Foster.

The project team at Sakhalin-1, which is operated by the corporation’s subsidiary in Russia, Exxon Neftegas Limited, used ExxonMobils leading-edge technologies to drill the record Z-12 well in half the time needed by conventional technology.

ExxonMobil used its Integrated Hole Quality technology to manage a broad range of well variables, including rock strength and stresses and well-bore hydraulics, together with an optimization process called Fast Drill, which analyzes the amount of energy used to make the drilling process faster and more efficient.

The Z-12 well is located in the Chayvo field, which contains 17 of the world’s 30 longest extended reach drilling wells, and set a record by achieving a measured depth of 38,322 feet (11,680 meters), or more than seven miles. This exceeds by 1,306 feet (398 meters) the prior world record set in 2007 by Exxon Neftegas Limiteds Z-11 well at the Sakhalin-1 project.

Over the life of the project, Sakhalin-1 is expected to contribute over US$50 billion to Russia’s economy in taxes, royalty payments and the state’s share of oil production. The project currently has awarded over US$4.4 billion in contracts to Russian companies. The proportion of Russian nationals working in project operations will approach 90 percent of the workforce as they are trained and gain experience.

Exxon Neftegas Limited (30 percent interest) is operator for the Sakhalin-1 project, which includes the Japanese company Sakhalin Oil and Gas Development Co. Ltd., (30 percent); affiliates of Rosneft, the Russian state-owned oil company, RN-Astra (8.5 percent), Sakhalinmorneftegas-Shelf (11.5 percent); and the Indian state-owned oil company ONGC Videsh Ltd. (20 percent).

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Aker Kvaerner and IHI joint venture wins the Gulf LNG energy and LLC regasification project contract

Monday, Feb 11, 2008

The joint venture of Aker Kvaerner and IHI, Inc. has been awarded a contract to provide engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) for an onshore liquefied natural gas (LNG) import and regasification terminal in the United States Gulf Coast region for Gulf LNG Energy, LLC.  Valued at USD 680 million, the contracted EPC work began in November 2007 with a Limited Notice to Proceed.  A full Notice to Proceed with the full project scope was provided on 07 February 2008 with a planned completion date of Q2 2011.

“We are excited to move forward on the engineering and construction phase of this Gulf Coast region LNG regasification terminal. Being selected for this project demonstrates the confidence that our customers have in the experience and abilities of the Aker Kvaerner and IHI team,” said John Siffert, president of Aker Kvaerner’s LNG business. “We are committed to the completion of the project to the satisfaction of our client, in a timely and safe manner.”

Aker Kvaerner, Inc., a principal LNG facilities engineering and construction management firm, and IHI Inc., a market leader in the design and manufacturer of LNG storage and processing systems, are the contract parties responsible for delivering the project. Directed from Houston, Texas, design and engineering for the project will involve approximately 125 personnel from the joint venture. In addition, Aker Kvaerner Industrial Constructors, Inc. will employ a peak construction labour force of approximately 650 to complete the project.

The LNG receiving terminal project will consist of two 160,000 m3 full-containment LNG tanks and a vaporization system. Once complete, the facility will process approximately 1.5 billion standard cubic feet of gas per day, providing the Gulf Coast region with much-needed clean burning natural gas.


For further information, please contact:

Donna Rougeaux, Vice President Communications  Business Tel.: +1 713 270-2407

Greg Pepper, VP LNG Business Development, Business 713-270-2383, Mobile 713-459-3381

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Lasse Torkildsen, SVP Investor Relations, Aker Kvaerner. Tel: +47 67 51 30 39


For further information about sourcing and potential subcontracts for this project, please contact Rodger Liang, Vice President Global Sourcing. Tel.: +86 (0)10 6409 6636

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AKER KVÆRNER ASA, through its subsidiaries and affiliates (“Aker Kvaerner”), is a leading global provider of engineering and construction services, technology products and integrated solutions. The business within Aker Kvaerner comprises several industries, including Oil & Gas, Refining & Chemicals, Mining & Metals and Power Generation. The Aker Kvaerner group is organised in a number of separate legal entities. Aker Kvaerner is used as the common brand/trademark for most of these entities.

The parent company in the group is Aker Kværner ASA. Aker Kvaerner has aggregated annual revenues of approximately NOK 50 billion and employs approximately 24 000 people in about 30 countries.

Aker Kvaerner is part of Aker (, a group of premier companies with a focus on energy, maritime and marine-resources industries. The Aker companies share a common set of values and long traditions of industrial innovation. As an industrial owner with a 40.27 per cent holding in Aker Kvaerner, Aker ASA takes an active role in the development of its holdings.

Process and Construction

Aker Kvaerner’s Process and Construction business area is a world leader in the project management, design and construction of major projects spanning refining, petrochemical processing, metals and mining, power generation, and acid plants. From initial concept through technology development, process technology application, design, procurement, construction, maintenance, modification and decommissioning, we provide our customers with the full life cycle of services. Process and Construction provides sound local expertise, combined with the depth and strength of global project operations.

Aker Kvaerner, Inc. is a leading provider of technology-based project solutions to the upstream oil and gas market, both onshore and offshore. Headquartered in Houston, the company supports projects in various areas, including oil and gas processing, LNG regasification and gasification/syngas. Services include technical and commercial feasibility studies, conceptual and front-end engineering design, detailed engineering, procurement, construc­tion, and project management.

IHI, Inc. is the largest global supplier of LNG onshore storage tanks / terminals and a leading supplier of other LNG technology and machinery. IHI has delivered more than 100 LNG tanks globally over the past thirty years.Demand for LNG is rapidly increasing worldwide and the growth in construction of new LNG exporting and receiving terminals is expected to continue.  IHI intends to expand its LNG related business with these experiences and technologies into this global prospective market.Additional information about IHI can be reviewed on their website

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Shell eyes Redwillow pipeline project

Monday, Feb 11, 2008

The C$107 million (US$107.1 million) Redwillow Pipeline Project in Western Canada has been placed under public review by Federal regualtors.

SemCAMS Redwillow’s application to build and operated the pipeline will be examined by regulators in early June.

The proposed project is a 150-kilometre, 30-centimeter-wide pipe from Grizzly Valley, British Columbia to a process facility near Wapiti, Alberta. Shell Canada’s Wolverine River dehydration facility is expected to send 70 million standard cubic feet per day of unprocessed sour natural gas throught the pipeline.

Building work is seen starting in second-half 2008, meaning the pipe would be set in winter conditions.

Radio towers for monitoring and some 20 emergency-shutdown valve stations are included the works.

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ExxonMobil Chemical’s new santoprene TPV weatherseal grade offers excellent adhesion at reduced costs for corner moldings

Monday, Feb 11, 2008

Houston (February 11, 2008) – ExxonMobil Chemical has commercialized a new Santoprene™ thermoplastic vulcanizate (TPV) exterior weatherseal grade for automotive and construction corner moldings. Used to join ethylene propylene diene monomer (EPDM) or TPV weatherseal profiles, Santoprene TPV B200 provides excellent adhesion, versatile aesthetics, rubbery touch and critical performance at reduced cost.
Santoprene TPV B200 offers an enhanced bond to EPDM or TPV profiles for more reliable corner seals. Requiring no adhesives or mechanical interlocks, the improved adhesion of this TPV is a result of the unique interaction of the materials during cooling.  The bond is designed to last the lifetime of the car over a wide range of temperatures.
“The improved adhesion of Santoprene TPV B200 is critical as traditional corner molding products have not provided the desired bond to EPDM,” said Eric Jourdain, automotive weatherseal segment manager, ExxonMobil Chemical specialty elastomers. “We’ve met that challenge by creating a TPV-to-EPDM bond which performs as well as EPDM-to-EPDM in corner moldings but at significantly reduced costs.”
Because Santoprene TPV B200 offers much faster cycling times compared with EPDM, processing time savings of 15 percent to 30 percent can be achieved. Good part and tool design can also reduce or eliminate labor intensive post-processing such as trimming flash. In addition, the faster cycling time can reduce or postpone capital investment in new molding machinery and tools because of increased production.
The physical appearance of Santoprene TPV B200 corner moldings offers several advantages compared with those made using EPDM. Unlike EPDM, Santoprene TPV B200 allows textured corner molding or end cap surfaces to accurately match the part aspect and color of the profiles to which they are being adhered. Santoprene TPV B200 corner moldings do not have the “blooming” or aging problems associated with EPDM moldings. The cooler TPV molding process also maintains the quality, appearance and integrity of heat-sensitive flocked or slip-coated surfaces of EPDM profiles which can be damaged in EPDM corner mold presses.
Processing corner moldings using Santoprene TPV B200 is easy and efficient. The extruded EPDM or TPV profiles are cut to length and placed in the mold. The Santoprene TPV B200 is then injection molded on top of these profiles. This fast and accurate processing produces fewer errors and any resulting scrap may be recycled. Santoprene TPV B200 is available in 65 Shore A.
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ExxonMobil Chemical is a global leader in technology, product quality and customer service with petrochemical manufacturing and/or marketing operations around the world.
About ExxonMobil Chemical’s specialty elastomers
ExxonMobil Chemical offers customers one of the industry’s broadest portfolios of specialty elastomer products. This includes Santoprene™ brand TPVs, Vistamaxx™ specialty elastomers, Vistalon™ EPDM (conventional and metallocene catalyst), Exxelor™ modifiers and Exact™ plastomers. These products provide innovative elastomeric solutions combined with global support in material selection, design, processing, and supply chain management. 

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BASF attains European entity

Monday, Feb 11, 2008

BASF has completed its European Company status, changing the name of the company from BASF to BASF SE (Societas Europea). BASF SE now has 12 board members equally represented by shareholders and employee representatives.
The company had also established BASF Euaropa Betriebsrat consisting 23 members from 12 European countries.

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Tyco Flow Control at first bioethanol plant in UK

Monday, Feb 11, 2008

Tyco Flow Control will supply valve and control packages to the British Sugar bioethanol production plant at Wissington, using Foundation Fieldbus and AS-Interface communications in hazardous areas. Few manufacturers are able to offer such a comprehensive range of products including those for zone 1 hazardous areas. Over 300 valves controlled by Tyco intelligent network devices have been installed at the Wissington site near King’s Lynn. As the first of its kind to be built in the UK, the installation was officially opened in November 2007 by Lord Rooker, Minister for Sustainable Food and Farming and Animal Health.

Tyco Flow Controls has had a long relationship with British Sugar, stretching back for more than ten years: it is now subject to a framework agreement, the customer having recognised the quality of the Tyco product and service offering.

Commenting on the announcement for British Sugar, Project Manager, Nick Williams said, ‘British Sugar has completed a number of projects involving large quantities of Tyco products in recent years.We have found them robust and relatively maintenance-free with a good life expectancy.

For the various zoned areas at Wissington we required a wide range of product types and it was useful to be able to source most of these from a single supplier’.

Tyco Flow Control supplied the comprehensive package in conjunction with CEL Project Management.

Control valves on the project include variable port control valves, high performance butterfly valves and resilient seated butterfly valves with high temperature resistant XP seats rated at 150C continuous operation.

All control valves are controlled with Tyco SmartCal electro-pneumatic positioners with enclosure to ATEX II 2G EEx ib T4-IP66.

These intelligent positioners employ the open Foundation fieldbus communication protocol, and feature remote diagnostics.For the open-close valves the Tyco XA position monitors have been selected.

These ATEX II 2GD EEx d IIB rated units are all linked to the Honeywell control system via an AS-interface network connection.

Using these fieldbuses I/O modules and field wiring were dramatically reduced, resulting in overall project cost reductions.

The Tyco variable port control valve with its floating ball design is designed for precision flow control of high pressure, high temperature and aggressive features typically encountered in the field of bioethanol production.

With features including a custom-designed orifice in the ball to tailor the valve flow characteristic to actual conditions, it also provides high turn down capabilities.

In the all-important area of safety the valve is provided with a fugitive emission port, anti-static devices and blow out stems and a patented stem seal for high emissions control under demanding conditions.

The British Sugar bioethanol plant, which is located alongside the world’s largest beet sugar factory at Wissington, Norfolk will produce 70 million litres of bioethanol annually from locally grown sugar beet.

The efficient combined heat and power plant at the sugar factory also provides energy for the bioethanol plant ensuring that bioethanol produced here delivers a carbon emissions saving of at least 60% compared to petrol that originates as a fossil fuel.

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Pride International selects VetcoGray’s advanced marine riser system for new drill ship

Monday, Feb 11, 2008

Pride International has selected the latest version of the MR-6 marine riser system from VetcoGray for use on a new deepwater drill ship that will be completed in 2010.

VetcoGray will supply two MR-6H SE Marine Riser Systems, which offer improved safety and efficiency for the offshore drilling industry. The system combines innovative design with the field-proven technology of the previous MR-6 dog style marine riser systems and the H-4 subsea wellhead connector locking mechanism. The VetcoGray riser is designed to operate in water depths of 12,000 feet.

The MR-6H SE system, which received a Spotlight on New Technology Award at the 2007 Offshore Technology Conference, provides fully automated connection capabilities, as hydraulic units on the spider engage a cam ring on the box to actuate six dogs into the profile of the pin. This creates a full pre-loaded connection with an efficient and effective load path.

The fully automated capabilities of the MR-6H SE can eliminate the need to place people in a potentially hazardous situation. The pin is lowered into the box and guided into place with an internal guide pin; then the spider automatically makes the connection.

The MR-6H SE connection can be made or broken in less than a minute, and the string can be made up in about half the time of a conventional flanged riser system – key features that can mean substantial cost savings for the ship owner and the operator.

“The safety and time-saving features of our new marine riser technology are particularly important today with the industry trend toward drilling in deeper and deeper water,” said Dave Tucker, Chief Operating Officer of VetcoGray. “With drilling rig rates at an all-time high, greater drilling speed and efficiency can significantly reduce costs.”

The two MR-6H SE systems will be manufactured at the GE Oil & Gas VetcoGray facilities in Houston, and will be shipped in the fourth quarter of 2009 and the second quarter of 2010.

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New sub-sea wellhead system for deepwater drilling

Monday, Feb 11, 2008

Offering increased casing load and higher pressure capacities, VetcoGray, a GE Oil and Gas business, has introduced the MS-800 Fullbore Subsea Wellhead System for deepwater applications

The new product was announced during the GE Oil and Gas 2008 Annual Meeting this week in Florence, attended by more than 900 global customers. With the capacity to withstand eight million pounds of load on the wellhead, the MS-800 is designed to help drillers reach deepwater targets in such regions as the US Gulf of Mexico and offshore Brazil.

The new system increases the casing load capacity to two million pounds for the first position casing hanger and the 16-inch casing hanger, while also increasing the pressure capacity for the 16-inch hanger from 6500 to 10,000 PSI.

VetcoGray also improved the load ring configuration on all three casing hangers of the MS-800, compared with previous products, to improve actuation.

‘We believe all of these capacity and performance improvements will enable the MS-800 to set new standards for the deepwater drilling industry,’ said Gary Shaw, Technology Leader for VetcoGray: ‘We have developed this product in response to the growing industry need for technology to exploit subsea oil and gas fields at depths of 30,000 feet or more’.

The MS-800 has been developed and tested at VetcoGray facilities in Houston, Texas and a 15 KSI version of the system will be available for commercial applications in the second quarter of 2008.

A 20 KSI version is scheduled for release later in the year.

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