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Nalco Champion, XOS Enter Agreement to Provide New Chlorine Monitoring Solution for Refining Industry

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Nalco Champion, an Ecolab company, and XOS, a manufacturer of elemental
analysis solutions, have entered into an exclusive distribution
agreement to provide a breakthrough chlorine monitoring solution for the
global refining industry.

Under the agreement terms, Nalco Champion's industry-leading 3D
CRUDEFLEX automation platform will integrate XOS's proprietary Clora
Online analyzer to offer refining customers the ability to measure
online chloride salts in and out of critical desalting systems in crude
distillation units.

"By pairing our leading digital monitoring offering with the XOS Clora
technology, we are able to generate near real-time monitoring and
improved performance," said Danny Rey, Nalco Champion senior vice
president of Global Downstream. "Because the Clora technology helps keep
desalters at optimal operation, customers potentially can realize
significant annual cost savings through crude processing flexibility,
while minimizing threats to equipment reliability."

Clora Online is powered by Monochromatic Wavelength Dispersive X-Ray
Fluorescence (MWDXRF) technology, delivering real-time and continuous
detection of chlorine levels in refinery hydrocarbon and water streams
at levels less than one part per million.

By installing an online salt analyzer, desalter operations can be
optimized in a near real-time manner, while ensuring that ongoing
desalter performance meets critical key performance indicators.
Customers can quickly detect upsets and promptly take actions to
mitigate issues. The Clora Online analyzer is uniquely positioned to
also monitor other downstream units, hydrotreaters, FCC and coker
fractionators.

"The pairing of Clora Online with Nalco Champion's 3D CRUDEFLEX
technology platforms presents a breakthrough for the refining industry,"
said Mike Palmer, XOS vice president of sales. "The addition of this
critical measurement enables unprecedented desalter management and
refinery productivity and safety."

Nalco Champion's Refined Knowledge platform supports 3D CRUDEFLEX
through a series of proprietary automation and sensor applications for
crude distillation units. Customers can use these actionable insights to
mitigate risks, deliver increased sustainability and profitability, and
provide water and energy cost savings across their organization. The
platform has been successfully deployed to generate customer insights in
850 refinery and petrochemical facilities worldwide.

About Nalco Champion
Nalco Champion, an Ecolab company,
provides safe, sustainable chemistry programs and services to the
upstream and midstream oil and gas industry, refineries and
petrochemical operations in more than 170 countries around the world.
Through onsite problem solving and the application of innovative
technologies, we maximize production, optimize water use and overcome
complex challenges in the world's toughest energy frontiers. For more
Nalco Champion information, visit nalcochampion.ecolab.com.

About XOS
XOS is a leading manufacturer of
application-specific X-ray analyzers, offering elemental analysis
solutions that improve public safety and customer efficiency in
industries like marine, petroleum, consumer products, and environmental
compliance. Petroleum refineries and third-party labs around the world
rely on XOS' unrivaled precision to ensure global regulatory compliance.
XOS application scientists are actively involved with the development of
standard test methods within the ASTM community. XOS offers benchtop,
portable, and online XRF solutions that deliver unprecedented precision
and ease-of-use. For more information, visit xos.com.

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