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ABB acquires Spirit IT to further strengthen its measurement product portfolio

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ABB, the leading power and automation group, announced today it has agreed to acquire Spirit IT of Eindhoven, Netherlands, to add a new line of high-performance liquid flow computers, SCADA and custody transfer solutions to ABB’s leading measurement business for the oil and gas industry.

Spirit IT designs and sells liquid flow measurement and supervisory solutions for use in oil and gas applications. Its liquid flow computers and software deliver greater accuracy and control for well-pad automation, transportation and custody transfer applications.

Spirit IT’s employees will join the global Measurement Products business unit in ABB’s Process Automation division. Terms of the deal are not being disclosed but the transaction is expected to close in the fourth quarter of 2014.

“The addition of Spirit IT’s products to ABB’s Measurement Products portfolio will enable us to offer a more comprehensive automation solution for liquids and gas,” said Veli-Matti Reinikkala, head of ABB Process Automation division. ”The Spirit IT portfolio adds the liquid measurement component to ABB’s industry leading gas measurement and automation product line. This combined offering will deliver comprehensive expertise and market strength to customers and provide new opportunities for growth in the oil and gas segment.”

ABB's Measurement Products business unit (www.abb.com/measurement) is among the world's leading manufacturers and suppliers of instrumentation and analyzers. With thousands of experts around the world and high-performance technology, ABB's team is dedicated to making measurement easy for its customers.

“ABB offers tremendous opportunity for Spirit IT’s flow computer technology to reach a wider range of applications in the global market,” said Harry Kok, President, Spirit IT. “In addition to helping Spirit IT broaden its product line to address new opportunities, this acquisition will also provide a great opportunity for our employees to expand their career options in a much larger global organization.”

Magnetrol Zele, Belgium Plant receives BREEAM Interim Certificate for Design

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Magnetrol® International NV, in Zele, Belgium, has received a BREEAM® Interim Certificate for the Design Stage of its production and office facilities expansion, achieving a score of Very Good. BREEAM is the world's foremost environmental assessment method and rating system for buildings, with over 250,000 building certifications and over a million buildings registered for assessment since its inception in 1990.

MAGNETROL regional headquarters for the EMEAI markets has been located in Zele for more than 40 years. A result of the company’s strong growth, the expansion project increases the facility footprint by more than 5,000 square meters. With ground-breaking on December 12, 2012, production facilities completed in October 2013 and office space completed in June 2014, the Zele manufacturing complex will be one of the first industrial buildings in Belgium with BREEAM certification.

Technip awarded large contract for the Edradour Subsea Development, West of Shetlands, UK

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Technip has been awarded a contract by Total E&P UK for the Edradour Subsea Development, located approximately 75 kilometers North West of the Shetland Islands, in approximately 300 meters of water.

Technip’s scope of work covers the:

  • fabrication and installation of 12” production pipelines, 6” MEG(1) pipeline complete with
  • 2" piggy backed service line,
  • supply and installation of steel tube umbilical,
  • fabrication and installation of pipeline end manifold, flowline end termination, flexible tails
  • and rigid well tie-in spools, as well as the installation of templates and manifolds provided by the client,
  • rock dumping and pre-commissioning.

The Group will leverage its unique vertical position in the subsea business:

Technip’s operating centre in Oslo, Norway, will execute the project, while vessels from the Group fleet will perform the installation in the summer seasons of 2016 and 2017;

the pipelines will be fabricated at Technip’s spoolbase at Evanton, UK, and installed by the Deep Energy, the fastest and one of the largest and most capable pipelay vessels ever built in our industry;

umbilicals will be manufactured at the Group’s new facility in Newcastle, UK.

Technip awarded contract to provide onshore FEED for commercial gas carbon storage project

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Technip has been awarded a contract by Shell UK Limited to provide front-end engineering design (FEED) for the onshore elements of the Peterhead Gas Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) demonstration project in Aberdeenshire, Scotland. The project is designed to capture, compress and transport by pipeline one million tonnes a year of carbon dioxide to an offshore gas reservoir for long-term storage beneath the North Sea.

The FEED scope includes a grassroots carbon capture and compression plant and modifications to an existing combined cycle gas turbine power plant. Technip’s operating centre in Milton Keynes, UK, which executed a pre-FEED study for the Peterhead CCS project about 18 months ago, will execute the FEED for this next phase. This office serves as a centre of excellence for the development of end-to-end solutions for carbon capture and sequestration projects.

Technip has a strong record of deploying clean technologies and particularly first-of-a-kind technologies. Examples include the world’s first floating offshore wind unit and the world’s largest biofuels unit.

Stan Knez, Technip’s Senior Vice President, Process Technology, commented: “Technip is committed to the development of innovative, sustainable solutions for our customers and we look forward to expanding our footprint into the carbon capture and sequestration value chain.”

Technip has widened its range of services and has reinforced its leadership in the downstream business since the acquisition of Stone & Webster process technologies in 2012.

Endress+Hauser increases its share to more than 50 percent in Analytik Jena

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Endress+Hauser has acquired additional shares in German-based Analytik Jena AG and exceeded the reportable threshold of 50 percent of the voting rights. The Group now owns 50.37 percent of the shares.  Endress+Hauser has acquired on and off the stock exchange additional shares in Analytik Jena, increasing the total directly attributed to 50.37 percent. Another 0.41 percent – own shares of Analytik Jena AG – are indirectly attributed to Endress+Hauser. According to an option contract with company founder Klaus Berka and German investment company bm-t, Endress+Hauser has the right to acquire an additional 27.56 percent of shares in Analytik Jena after 1 October 2014.

"We plan to acquire more shares in future. Our aim is to take over Analytik Jena completely," stated Dr Heiner Zehntner, Endress+Hauser's Corporate Legal Counsel. Under the banner of the Endress+

Hauser Group, specialized in measurement engineering for process industry, Analytik Jena will remain an independent business unit, active in analytical instrumentation and the life science industry, with its own manufacturing and sales structure.

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