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July

Telvent finishes the control system project of the Caspian Pipeline and at he same time is awarded the system of a new pipeline in Pakistan

July 8, 2004

Madrid, Spain - July 8, 2004 - Telvent, the Global RealTime IT Company and subsidiary of Abengoa, has finished the Caspian Pipeline Consortium (CPC) Crude Oil Pipeline System project, with the delivery of its SimSuite Pipeline Leak Detection System for the Caspian Pipeline.

The Telvent SimSuite system is being used to monitor and control the approximately 1,500 km pipeline transporting crude from shippers in the oil fields of Kazakhstan on the Northern tip of the Caspian Sea to the port at Novorossiysk, Russia on the Eastern coast of the Black Sea. The pipeline offers export opportunities to worldwide markets and stimulates increased economic activity for the region. Telvent already had developed before for this project a system of acquisition and management of information SCADA OASYS and a modeling system.

The success of the final test was further validated when the Telvent Leak Detection System identified a probable leak in the beginning of February 2004. After further investigation, the detection was found to be an illegal tap on the line. The Telvent Leak Detection System identified the approximate flow rate and quantity of oil removed, and determined the location of the tap within approximately 10 km. With this information, CPC took the appropriate action to limit the amount of oil stolen from the pipeline.

The scope of delivery for SimSuite Pipeline also included a full-scope simulation trainer, which is a virtual copy of the pipeline incorporating the actual PLC logic. The trainer was used to qualify the initial group of pipeline operators, and continues to be used to re-qualify employees and bring additional trained staff on as required. Telvent's deliverable to CPC also included its Engineering Design and Analysis Tool. This engineering tool is used for operational planning and analysis of future pipeline expansions.

According to Manuel Sánchez Ortega, Telvent's chairman. "minimizing environmental impact was a key consideration, that Telvent has considered throughout the project, from pipeline design, to construction and operation. The sensitivity of the SimSuite Pipeline leak detection system has contributed to this aim. As example the detection recently of a leak that the system identified, facilitating with this information that CPC was taking the measurements adapted to limit the quantity of oil stolen of the pipeline".

Telvent looks forward to a continued relationship with CPC as the consortium attempts to expand the capacity of the pipeline. Future phases include the addition of five additional pump stations. After all phases of the pipeline expansion are complete, CPC will achieve a maximum throughput of approximately 67 million tons per year. Since the pipeline went into full commercial operation in October 2001, CPC has shipped more than 30 million tons of oil (as of March 3, 2004) and currently transports more than 1.6 million tons per month from 6 shippers in Kazakhstan.

The Consortium CPC is a society created for the construction of this pipeline placed in the Black Sea and formed for the Republic of Kazakhstan (19 per cent) Sultanate of Oman (7 per cent), Chevron Caspian Pipeline Consortium Company (15 per cent) and others companies (47 per cent).

Pakistán

In Pakistan, Telvent was selected by the China Petroleum Engineering and Construction Corporation to supply its OASyS SCADA and information management system to the Pakistan Arab Pipeline Company's (PAPCO) White Oil Pipeline. Telvent's OASyS DNA SCADA and Information Management system will provide the control and automation functionality to assist PAPCO in managing the new pipeline safely and efficiently.

The White Oil pipeline is being built to cover 817 kilometers from Karachi to Mahmood Kot in Pakistan, and provide another cross-country pipeline infrastructure of major significance. The White Oil Pipeline will transport refined petroleum products to the central and Northern regions of Pakistan, once the current pipeline network is converted to transport solely crude oil. The northern region accounts for almost 60 percent of the country's total petroleum consumption, which is expected to increase significantly in the near future.

"With an eventual capacity of 7.547 barrels per year, the White Oil Pipeline will help meet this growing need for energy, by an augment the country's infrastructure, streamline energy logistics and also offering environmental benefits by reducing the company's dependence on road transport for moving its products. All this will redound to an improvement of the national economy", said Sánchez Ortega.

The White Oil Pipeline of the Pak-Arab Refinery Limited (PAPCO) is a joint venture company formed by the Pak-Arab Refinery Limited (PARCO) and several of Pakistan's major Oil Marketing Companies. PARCO is the third Oil Pipeline Company in the world to transport crude and products simultaneously.

Telvent, the Global RealTime IT company and subsidiary of Abengoa, is specialized in solutions with high added value, in four specific industrial sectors (Energy, Traffic, Transport and Environment) in the Americas, Spain and China.(www.telvent.com)

Abengoa, an industrial and technology company listed on the Madrid Stock Exchange, has a market capitalization of over 522 million euros (31/12/2003), provides solutions for Sustainable Development, the Information and Knowledge Society and the Creation of Infrastructures. Abengoa operates in four important areas: Bioenergy, where it is the world's second largest bioethanol producer; Environmental Services, where it is the European leader in different industrial waste market segments; Information Technologies, where it has achieved global recognition and has operations in Europe, North America and Asia; and Industrial Engineering and Construction, where it is a leader in Spain and Latin America.



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