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Emerson Automating Canadian Coal-to-Gas Projects

TransAlta Corporation has selected Emerson as the main automation contractor in its planned conversions of coal-fired units to natural gas. The project is part of TransAlta’s $2 billion Clean Energy Investment Plan that will convert its existing coal assets in Alberta, Canada, to natural gas.

Emerson will lead the design, procurement, installation and commissioning in the replacement of automation systems for coal-to-gas projects at the Sundance and Keephills power plants. The conversion of the first unit begins in fall 2020, with the projects expected to be completed by 2024.

Industrial Valve Joins VMA

This week the Valve Manufacturers Association of America (VMA) officially welcomed Industrial Valve as its newest distributor/channel partner associate member. This is the tenth new company to join the association in 2019.

With locations in Alabama, Louisiana and Tennessee, Industrial Valve repairs all brands and sizes of safety valves and has an extensive library of manufacturer specifications for Farris, Consolidated, Crosby and Anderson-Greenwood.

Valtorc International Wins 2019 GLOBE Award

The Georgia Department of Economic Development (GDEcD) has named Valtorc International a 2019 GLOBE Award winner for having export sales in at least one new international market in 2019.

Valtorc International, along with the other GLOBE Awardees, will receive official recognition by the governor at the Georgia state capitol. Awardees will receive their 2019 GLOBE Award certificates at the event.

Approximately 75% of the winners are small businesses with 100 employees or less. GLOBE winners collectively expanded their sales into 84 new countries and territories during 2019. Some of the more active markets include Colombia, Canada and the United Kingdom. Six of the 2019 GLOBE winners were first time exporters.

Metso Proposes Moisio as Future Neles Chairman

The shareholders’ nomination board of Metso Corporation proposes the election of Jukka Moisio as chairman of the board of directors of the future Neles Corporation. Jukka Moisio has previously served as CEO of Huhtamäki Oyj and Ahlstrom Oyj, in addition to many other management positions at Ahlstrom Oyj.

The future Neles Corporation is planned to be created in a partial demerger of Metso, in which Metso’s minerals business would combine with Outotec to create Metso Outotec. Simultaneously, Metso’s flow control business would become the continuing business of the currently listed Metso, and subsequently renamed Neles.

Baker Hughes to Expand with New Facility in Saudi Arabia

Baker Hughes broke ground on its first chemicals manufacturing facility in Saudi Arabia. The company held a ground-breaking ceremony at the facility’s PlasChem Park location in Jubail to celebrate the milestone and formalize an agreement with Sadara Chemical Company to supply the facility with feedstock chemicals.

The manufacturing facility will deliver the company’s full portfolio of chemical services and technology solutions for the hydrocarbon production, transmission, processing and petrochemical industries. Employees will also collaborate with researchers and subject matter experts at the Baker Hughes Dhahran Technology Center to address region-specific chemicals challenges and deliver value-added solutions to customers.


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