Emerson wins deal to install control system at world's largest WWTP

Emerson Process Management signs major, multi-year agreement with Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago. Emerson will install its Ovation expert control system at the Stickney Water Reclamation Plant, the largest wastewater treatment facility in the world with a capacity to process 1.3 billion gpd. The plant serves 2.4 million people in a 260-square-mile area including Chicago and 43 suburban communities...

PITTSBURGH, May 16, 2005 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- Emerson Process Management, a business of Emerson, has signed a major, multi-year agreement with the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago (MWRDGC).

Emerson will install its Ovation® expert control system at the District's Stickney Water Reclamation Plant (WRP), the largest wastewater treatment facility in the world with a capacity to process 1.3 billion gallons per day. The Stickney WRP serves 2.4 million people in a 260-square-mile area including downtown Chicago and 43 suburban communities.

As part of the agreement, Emerson will supply hardware, software, programming, factory testing, training, and on-site startup and testing, as well as extended maintenance and service. The installation of the Ovation system will be done over the next several years, with a potential value to Emerson of more than $25 million. The company's Power & Water Solutions industry center will oversee and supervise the effort, which is the third major project Emerson has had with the District.

"An expert control system like Ovation can be expected to generate overall operation and maintenance efficiencies through improved data acquisition, process monitoring and control -- and those benefits are magnified exponentially when you consider a project of this size," said John Berra, president of Emerson Process Management. "The Stickney plant represents an opportunity to showcase the power of our fully integrated distributed control solution on a grand scale."

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.

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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