Emerson wins contract to automate China's first integrated water/wastewater project

In $5.8M contract, Emerson Process Management's PlantWeb digital plant architecture with Ovation Control System will automate new water treatment plant and reservoir complex serving three million people...

AUSTIN, TX, June 13, 2005 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- Emerson Process Management, a business of Emerson, announced today it has received a $5.8 million contract to install its PlantWeb® digital plant architecture in China's first integrated water/wastewater project. The project, awarded by Harbin Water Supply and Drain Group Co., will include automation of a new water treatment plant and reservoir complex serving Harbin City.

China's seventh-largest city and capital of Heilongjiang Province, Harbin has 3 million residents and produces 940,000 tons of wastewater per day. As part of a plan to meet this ever-growing demand, the Municipal Authority of Harbin is building the new 119-million-gallons-per-day (450,000-cubic-meters-per-day) water treatment plant, a new 94-billion-gallon (356-million-cubic-meter) reservoir complex, and expanding and rehabilitating its existing water distribution network by installing 110 miles (175 km) of pipeline.

At Harbin, PlantWeb with the Ovation® expert control system and FOUNDATIONTM fieldbus intelligent field devices will provide continuous monitoring and control of the new plant and reservoir complex, as well as monitoring and control of 14 existing remote wastewater plants and pump stations that are part of the wastewater collection system.

Besides providing superior control of processes, installation of the Ovation system will also enhance operational efficiency and flexibility by enabling operators to monitor both water and wastewater processes from a single location -- a new central control center to be located at the municipal authority's headquarters.

"Emerson offered us a comprehensive and scaleable control solution that will allow us to fully and efficiently integrate and optimize our new assets, like the plant and reservoir, as well as existing plants and pump stations," said LiLi Meng, information technology supervisor, Harbin Water Supply and Drain Group Company. "In addition to delivering control and valuable operational insight throughout our expanding water system, we know the Ovation system will be able to grow with us to meet our future needs."

"The enormous growth and development in China today has placed greater demands on the water and wastewater services for population centers like Harbin," said John Berra, president of Emerson Process Management. "We're pleased to be able to apply the advanced technologies of PlantWeb and Ovation to a ground-breaking project that will serve this growing community's needs now and for years into the future."

Emerson Process Management (www.emersonprocess.com), an Emerson business, is a leader in helping businesses automate their production, processing and distribution in the power, water and wastewater treatment, chemical, oil and gas, refining, pulp and paper, food and beverage, pharmaceutical, and other industries.

Emerson's Power & Water Solutions division (www.emersonprocess-powerwater.com) is a global supplier of advanced distributed process control and information systems. The Pittsburgh-based company is a recognized leader in developing plant-wide process control solutions for the power generation, water treatment and wastewater treatment industries. Power & Water Solutions plays a key role in the Emerson mission of combining superior products and technology with industry-specific engineering, consulting, project management and maintenance services.
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Emerson (www.gotoemerson.com), based in St. Louis, is a global leader in bringing technology and engineering together to provide innovative solutions to customers through its network power, process management, industrial automation, climate technologies, and appliance and tools businesses. Sales in fiscal 2004 were $15.6 billion.

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