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Advanced Process Control for the Refining and Petrochemical Industry
Plock, Poland, June 10, 2003 - ABB, the leading power and automation technology group, has successfully upgraded the gasoline blending control system for the PKN ORLEN plant located in Plock, Poland.

PKN ORLEN has one of the most modern gasoline blending plants in the world with one of the largest number of blending components and possible blending line-ups.

The changeover from PKN ORLEN’s existing system to ABB’s Industrial IT solution was awarded in October 2002 and has been successfully delivered ahead of the original schedule.in a short time from signing the contract. The order included an Optimize IT ABC (Advanced Blend Control) and Optimization system, an RBC (Regulatory Blend Control) system, as well as complete engineering and start-up services. "This modernization project has been the smoothest start-up I’ve experienced," said Waldemar Nagorko, senior automation engineer and manager at PKN ORLEN. "The project was completed on time and on budget with minimal shutdown time."

ABB was chosen for this modernization project because of its extensive experience in the field and a successful track record with PKN ORLEN. The benefits to PKN ORLEN include:

Cost savings by minimizing quality giveaways in RON, MON and RVP
Minimizing, if not eliminating, the need for reblends
Increased throughput
Reduced demurrage
Reduced components inventory

PKN ORLEN (www.orlen.pl) is the largest manufacturer and distributor of fuels in Poland. The corporation was established in 1999 following the merger of Petrochemia Plock S.A. with Centrala Produktów Naftowych S.A. The integrated refinery and petrochemical complex in Plock is regarded as one of the ten most modern and efficient facilities of its kind in Europe. PKN ORLEN's activities include crude oil processing into a wide range of such products as unleaded gasoline’s, diesel oil, furnace oil, aviation fuel, plastics and petrochemicals.

ABB (www.abb.com) is a leader in power and automation technologies that enable utility and industry customers to improve performance while lowering environmental impact. The ABB Group of companies operates in around 100 countries and employs about 135,000 people.