Metso to supply automation system to Talvivaara Mining Company in Finland

Metso Automation will supply an automation system to Talvivaara Mining Company, which is constructing Europe's largest nickel mine at Talvivaara in the Sotkamo region of Finland. Metso's delivery comprises automation and information system. The deliveries will take place in four phases, starting from January 2008. The Talvivaara production plant will include metals recovery lines, side processes, crushing and conveying operations, as well as pumping units. The monitoring and controls of all these processes will be centralized in Metso Automation's system, in one central control room. The automation is based on the proven, state-of-the-art fieldbus technology. Talvivaara's 266-million-ton ore reserve is anticipated to support production for about 25 years. Production is planned to start in late 2008. The metals will be extracted from the ore by a cost-efficient and eco-friendly bioheapleaching technology, utilizing natural bacteria in the process. 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. For further information, please contact: Kari Heikkilä, Director, metsoDNA VAR and Minerals product group, Metso Automation, tel. +358 20 483 8278