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KBC acquires process consultancy specialising in Pinch Technology

  • Friday, March 1, 2002 11:13AM IST (5:43AM GMT)
KBC strengthens energy efficiency and clean fuels offering with Linnhoff March
London, United Kingdom & Houston, United States: KBC Process Technology Ltd., a subsidiary of KBC Advanced Technologies plc, Thursday announced the acquisition of Linnhoff March International Ltd., the world's leading pinch technology company, based in Manchester, U.K. Linnhoff March's technology and expertise expands KBC's offering in process and utility Integration, reducing clients' capital expenditure and energy/utility requirements. This addition to KBC's services complements their current strength in improving plant efficiency, a core component of KBC's Profit Improvement Program(R), PIP(TM). Linnhoff March carries out a wide range of studies, systematically identifying improvements in energy consumption and emissions, minimising water use and effluent production, and optimising hydrogen utilisation with pinch technology. Don Romano, chief executive officer of KBC, commented: "Linnhoff March's philosophy matches KBC's, improving the profitability of our clients through process optimisation, thereby avoiding large capital investment. Both companies believe in the use of highly experienced consultants with proprietary software to achieve capital cost reduction and improved operations." "Our clients are faced with increasing demands to improve energy efficiency and reduce emissions. A combination of Linnhoff March's engineering expertise and KBC's implementation capabilities will result in a superior offering to our customers globally," added Steve Haywood, managing director of Linnhoff March. ABOUT LINNHOFF MARCH INTERNATIONAL LIMITED Linnhoff March was founded in 1984 as an independent process consultancy for the oil and chemical industries. The company pioneered Pinch Analysis(TM), which results in energy conservation and capital cost reduction through better process design. Linnhoff March focuses on the optimised integration of processes and utilities to maximise clients' profits. This methodology is used in the areas of energy, water use and hydrogen in projects for more than 400 clients worldwide. Linnhoff March has undertaken over 1200 projects in a wide range of industries, including: oil and gas, petrochemicals, bulk chemicals, speciality chemicals, pulp and paper, food and drink, metals and minerals, and power. ABOUT ADVANCED TECHNOLOGIES PLC KBC Advanced Technologies plc is the leading independent process engineering consultancy, improving operational efficiency and profitability in the hydrocarbon processing industry worldwide. KBC analyses plant operations and management systems, recommends changes that deliver material and measurable improvements in profitability, and offers implementation services to assist clients in realising measurable financial improvements. In addition, KBC's RAM (Reliability, Availability and Maintenance) consultancy has enabled its clients to improve routine maintenance and turnaround performance. Combined, KBC's planning services, energy, oil loss and risk management programs provide tools and practices to enhance all areas of refining and petrochemical operations. KBC has recently acquired PEL to provide a wide range of regional studies concentrating on the future outlook for the industry, including forecasts of prices and supply demand balances. KBC pioneered the development of simulation models that capture interactions between the various process units within the refinery and is the market leader in the supply of these models. KBC has a broad spectrum of clients ranging from large integrated oil companies, to small independent refineries and petrochemical complexes. Profit Improvement Program(R) and PIP(TM) are registered trademarks of KBC Advanced Technologies Inc. Pinch Analysis(TM) is a trademark of Linnhoff March Ltd. For more information visit www.kbcat.com --30--AA/ho*

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