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Metso signs a Letter of Intent for a newsprint line with Ecco of U.K.

Metso Paper has signed a Letter of Intent with Ecco Development Limited to supply a PM 1 newsprint line for Ecco Newsprint's new recycled newsprint mill in Teesside, England. The new mill is planned to be started up in the first quarter of 2009. The Letter of Intent includes an order to start the engineering work. The value of the complete order will be disclosed when the purchase agreement has been signed.

The project is subject to Ecco's execution of a number of related agreements for the financing, construction and operation of the mill, which are well advanced, and which Ecco will announce in the near future.

Ecco has already been granted planning consent by Redcar and Cleveland Borough Council permitting construction to start at Ecco's site at Wilton International on Teesside.

Ecco Development Limited, U.K. is a company founded 2004 by Ramsay Hampton, experienced paper industry entrepreneur, to develop, construct and operate recycled newsprint mill in the U.K.

Metso is a global engineering and technology corporation with net sales of approximately EUR 5 billion. Its 25,500 employees in more than 50 countries serve customers in the pulp and paper industry, rock and minerals processing, the energy industry and selected other industries. www.metso.com

For additional information, please contact: Risto Hautamäki Sr VP, Key Customers Metso Paper Tel. +358 40 511 7760 risto.hautamaki@metso.com