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Metso embark on valve technology centre in South Korea

23rd April 2014

Finnish refining technology firm, Metso, have opened a new research centre in South Korea following successfully regional use of its valve technology

Metso embark on valve technology centre in South Korea
The delivery includes large Neles valves for the delayed coking process, which requires especially high valve reliability and tightness due to extreme temperatures.

Metso has announced the decision to invest in a new greenfield Neles globe valve technology centre in South Korea. The groundbreaking ceremony for the new plant was celebrated yesterday in Chung-Ju, South Korea. The new factory will be ready for global deliveries during the last quarter of 2014.

This follows a recent valve technology deal Metso with Sino-Venezuela Guangdong Petrochemical Company for its 20 million ton-per-year heavy crude oil processing project in China. The delivery includes large Neles valves for the delayed coking process, which requires especially high valve reliability and tightness due to extreme temperatures.

The new plant will serve oil and gas customers both locally and globally and will strengthen service capabilities in the growing Asian markets. The new technology centre consists of manufacturing, state-of-the-art control valve testing facilities, research and development, laboratory, engineering, and service support units for South Korean engineering, procurement and construction companies. 

"The new technology centre in South Korea will strengthen our capabilities to develop, produce and deliver our globe valves especially for customers in the oil and gas industries. South Korean engineering, procurement and production companies play an important role in many customer projects worldwide. Within the new facility we can better offer research and development, engineering and service support for them," says Markus Hauhia, director, Metso globe valve product line.

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