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July 5, 2007

ARKEMA selects R2’s EMOS® for monitoring of electrolysis operations at Fos-sur-Mer, France


Montreal, QC, Canada, July 5, 2007 – R2 announces today it has received an order to supply its proprietary technology EMOS® (Electrolyser Management & Optimization System) to monitor the performance of a new membrane electrolyser being installed at ARKEMA’s facility in Fos-sur-Mer, France. EMOS®’s patented single cell data acquisition hardware will be installed to provide real-time process information to chlor-alkali operators, allowing ARKEMA to adopt proactive approaches to maximize the efficiency of electrolyser operations and maintenance through increased process visibility and the early detection and advanced warning of process anomalies.

R2 will be configuring the network for data acquisition, storage, and alarm and event management on a dedicated EMOS® server but will also be providing for OPC connectivity with the plant DCS network. This will allow all EMOS® process data to be made available for remote monitoring by authorized users across ARKEMA’s corporate network via their existing Plant Information (PI) system.

“R2 is thrilled to participate with ARKEMA on this project. EMOS® offers the required accuracy and interoperability capabilities to provide a discernable insight into the electrolyser performance; increasing plant safety, reducing operational costs and helping ARKEMA meet their objectives” said France Leduc, Director of Products & Project Management for R2.

Through years of collaboration with the world’s largest electrolytic corporations R2 has been able to develop and deliver EMOS®, the only condition monitoring and diagnostic system designed specifically for the chlor alkali industry. With numerous installations worldwide EMOS® is fast becoming the tool of choice to aid producers in increasing plant safety, reducing operating costs and ensuring that business objectives are realized.

R2 specializes in the design, development and implementation of solution based analytical advanced monitoring systems (intelligent systems) for industrial process optimization. Precise monitoring of critical process parameters and components helps R2’s clients achieve their business goals by maximizing process efficiency and reducing operating costs. R2 believes in strong relationships with its partners, allowing them to achieve common goals and objectives for the benefit of industrial technological advancement and growth.

ARKEMA is a global chemical player that combines 3 related and integrated business segments: Vinyl Products, Industrial Chemicals, and Performance Products. Present in over 40 countries with 18,400 employees, Arkema achieves sales of 5.7 billion euros (2005). With its 6 research centers in France, the United States and Japan, and internationally recognized brands, Arkema holds leadership positions in its principal markets.

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