Metso has significantly improved valve availability at Neste's Porvoo refinery in Finland during a recent turnaround through its advanced valve maintenance services. The successful maintenance project was the biggest ever for Metso's valve services business in Finland. In total, about 270 Metso valves were maintained during the turnaround. Started in April and completed in mid-June the turnaround was the largest in the history of Neste's Porvoo refinery.
Metso's service solution for the Neste turnaround consisted of maintenance planning, maintenance and spare parts, real-time project process follow-up and performance reporting. By using Metso spare parts, the customer can be sure that they are designed for the specific process, their certification will be maintained and equipment lifetime is optimized.
"Valve maintenance planning for the turnaround project was preceded of close cooperation between Neste and Metso. Metso's installed base at the plant is quite big and by using their valve maintenance know-how we can be ensured that the valves will operate with maximum availability and reliability until the next turnaround," says Jarkko Niittymaa, Maintenance Manager, Neste.
Neste and Metso have a long customer relationship, and Metso's valve solutions are contributing to Neste's process efficiency at several refineries globally. Metso participated in the previous shutdown project at Porvoo refinery in 2010, too.
"We are glad that Neste relies on Metso with its valve maintenance needs. Our target is to ensure valve reliability for the next five years, which is the normal time period between refinery turnaround. We will continue to develop our service knowledge, capability and scope of offering to help our customers achieve outstanding, long-term process performance with high reliability and safety. It is extremely important that our customers can rely on supplier know-how during the tightly scheduled turnaround project. Our target is to further develop well-defined valve maintenance processes to enable even more flexible processes and operations during the turnarounds," emphasizes Timo Hänninen, Vice President, Services, Flow Control, Metso.
Metso has a total of 6 valve maintenance service centers in Finland. Their close proximity to customers strengthens Metso's ability to stage, test and repair large numbers of valves to meet customers' high-volume, fast-turnaround repair and service needs during scheduled plant turnarounds.
Leading flow control offering and service solutions for refineries
In a typical refinery or petrochemical project, Metso's product range covers up to 90% of the needed valves. Reliable valve solutions are very critical components in refinery processes. The valves must withstand extremely demanding process conditions, such as high pressure and temperature, toxic and corrosive fluid, vibration and pressure shock under normal service conditions. Also, they must meet all safety requirements.
Customers are constantly developing their processes that continue to lead to higher efficiency and enhanced value addition, and this requires highly reliable valve solutions. Metso has deep industry expertise in valve solutions for refineries, and its comprehensive value-added services improve customers' process efficiency. Metso's flow control services are available through its more than 40 service centers worldwide employing over 400 dedicated service professionals with in-depth valve application expertise.
Metso's valve technology centers and valve production facilities are located in Finland, the United States, Germany, China, South Korea, India and Brazil.
Neste is a forerunner in oil refining and renewable solutions. Neste offers its customers cleaner traffic solutions and industrial products based on cutting-edge research. Its sustainable practices have received recognition in the Dow Jones Sustainability World Index and the Global 100 list of the world's most sustainable companies. In 2014, Neste revenue amounted to EUR 15 billion. Neste shares are listed on NASDAQ Helsinki. Cleaner traffic, energy and life are moved forward by 5,000 professionals.
Metso is the world's leading industrial company in the mining and aggregates industries and in the flow control business. Our knowledge, people and solutions help drive sustainable improvements in performance and profitability in our customers' businesses.
Metso has an uncompromising attitude towards safety. Our products range from mining and construction equipment and systems to industrial valves and controls. Our solutions are delivered and supported by decades of process knowledge and a broad scope of services backed by a global footprint of over 90 service centers, thousands of service employees, and an extensive logistics network.
Metso is listed on the NASDAQ OMX Helsinki, Finland. In 2014, Metso's net sales totaled EUR 3.7 billion. Metso employs approximately 14,000 industry experts in more than 50 countries. Expect results.
Timo Hänninen, Vice President, Services business line, Flow Control, T: +358 20 483 5546 - E: timo.hanninenmetso.com.
Jussi Ollila, Vice President, Global Communications, Metso Corporation, T: +358 20 484 3212 - E: jussi.ollilametso.com.