Graham Corporation has been awarded orders for three steam surface condensers, two for the Chinese market and one for the U.S. market, totaling US$4.3 mln. The company is a global designer and manufacturer of critical equipment for the oil refining, petrochemical and power industries, including the supply of components and raw materials to nuclear power plants. The first two steam surface condensers are for a new petrochemical facility currently under construction in China and the third is for a capacity expansion of a U.S.-based ethylene production facility. The U.S. order will replace a condenser supplied by Graham more than 45 years ago that is still in operation. All three condensers are planned to be produced in Graham's Batavia, New York facility, with deliveries planned for the quarter ending June 30, 2012. Graham's current fiscal year ends March 31, 2012.
James R. Lines, Graham's President and Chief Executive Officer, commented, "Planned investment in new capacity to refine oil, produce petrochemicals and expand production of fertilizers has increased the number of opportunities on which we are bidding. In particular, we are seeing more bidding activity in Asia, the Middle East and, to a lesser extent, South America. We are also seeing renewed activity in U.S.-based petrochemical investments. The order for the ethylene plant is due in part to lower natural gas prices which have resulted in more favorable economics for U.S.-based production. For these wins, the customer placed considerable value on our engineering and fabrication expertise, process know-how and product reliability by the end-user."
Commenting on the U.S. order, Mr. Lines noted, "I believe the fact that a steam surface condenser supplied in the early 1960's remained in operation for over 45 years is a testament to the quality of Graham's engineering and fabrication, and exemplifies what the Graham brand stands for."