Alfa Laval Supplies Vital Equipment for Oil Platform in Brazil


STOCKHOLM, Sweden, Oct. 3, 2005 (PRIMEZONE) -- Alfa Laval - a world leader in heat transfer, centrifugal separation and fluid handling - has received an order for plate heat exchangers for crude oil processing to a value of about SEK 75 million. The order was signed with the contractor QUIP S.A. The end customer is Petrobras, the national oil & gas company in Brazil.

The order comprises some 20 large capacity plate heat exchangers that will form a central part of the crude oil treatment process onboard the Petrobras P-53 floating platform outside the north coast of the Rio de Janeiro state in Brazil. This platform will have a capacity of 180,000 barrels of oil per day and a gas compression capacity of 6 million cubic meters of gas per day. The delivery will take place during 2007 and the platform is expected to be in full production in 2008.

The untreated crude oil is located in wells at a water depth of more than 1,000 meters. It will be pumped to the floating platform where water and gas will be separated from the oil. The plate heat exchangers will be used to heat the untreated crude oil before separation and to cool the treated crude oil as well as the separated water.

Petrobras, the national oil and gas company of Brazil, handles exploration, production and distribution of the country's oil and gas resources. Petrobras operates 93 production platforms, 10 refineries and 7,000 service stations.

Alfa Laval has supplied heat exchangers and other equipment to the majority of Petrobras offshore installations.

Editor's notes Alfa Laval is a leading global provider of specialized products and engineering solutions based on its key technologies of heat transfer, separation and fluid handling. The company's equipment, systems and services are dedicated to assisting customers in optimizing the performance of their processes. The solutions help them to heat, cool, separate and transport products in industries that produce foods and beverages, chemicals and petrochemicals, pharmaceuticals, starch, sugar and ethanol. Alfa Laval's products are also used in power plants, aboard ships, in the mechanical engineering industry, in the mining industry and for wastewater treatment, as well as for comfort climate and refrigeration applications. Alfa Laval's worldwide organization works closely with customers in nearly 100 countries to help them stay ahead in the global arena. Alfa Laval is listed on the Stockholm Exchange and, in 2004, posted annual sales of about SEK 15 billion. The company has some 9,500 employees.

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For more information please contact: Peter Torstensson Vice President, Communications Alfa Laval Tel: + 46 46 36 72 31

Mikael Sjoblom Investor Relations Alfa Laval Tel: +46 46 36 74 82

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