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June 13, 2006

UHDE selects R2’s EMOS® for VESTOLIT electrolysis conversion project


Montreal, QuebecR2 announces that it will be supplying its proprietary technology EMOS® (Electrolyser Management & Optimization System) for the performance and condition monitoring of UHDE’s latest generation of membrane cell electrolysers that are being installed to replace an existing amalgam electrolysis plant for VESTOLIT GmbH & Co. KG at the Marl chemical park, the third largest chemical site in Germany.

EMOS®’s patented data acquisition hardware will be installed all of the new electrolysers to provide real-time process performance information to chlor-alkali operators. VESTOLIT has already been using EMOS®’s acquisition hardware as well as the complete suite of advanced monitoring and analysis software to monitor existing operations, and will leverage the existing software to optimize the production efficiency of their new operations. Upon project completion all of VESTOLIT’s chlor-alkali operations at Marl will be operating under the watchful eye of R2’s EMOS® system.

“R2 is thrilled to participate with UHDE and VESTOLIT on this conversion project. EMOS® offers the required accuracy and advanced analysis capabilities to provide a discernable insight into the electrolyser performance; increasing plant safety, reducing energy consumption and helping VESTOLIT meet their objectives of making a sustainable contribution to environmental protection,” said Mr. Michel Forest, P.Eng, Director of Projects & Product Development for R2.

EMOS® also offers unparalleled insight into the true condition and performance of individual electrolyser components, such as electrode coatings and membranes, allowing VESTOLIT to take a proactive approach to electrolyser maintenance based on the actual state and performance of limiting or aging elements.

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 to ensure 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.

UHDE is a company in the technologies segment of the ThyssenKrupp Group and has a workforce of more than 4,300 employees worldwide. The company’s activities focus on the design and construction of chemical and other industrial plants in the following fields: refining technologies, plants for fertilizers, organic intermediates, polymers and synthetic fibers, electrolysis plants, gas technologies, plants for oil, coal and residue gasification, coke plant technologies and pharmaceuticals.

VESTOLIT operates for more than 50 years the largest fully integrated PVC plant in Europe and produced more than 360,000 tonnes of PVC in 2004. The company has more than 650 employees.

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