Emerson control system part of milestone 4,000-MW China power project

Emerson awarded $7 Million contract to automate China's first ultra-supercritical power plant to help meet country's increasing demand for power...

AUSTIN, TX, April 5, 2005 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- Emerson Process Management, a business of Emerson, has won a $7 million contract to automate China's coal-fired Huaneng Yuhuan Power Plant as the country expands its generation capacity to meet the growing demand for power.

Owned by Huaneng Power International Inc, the project will be China's first 1,000-megawatt-per-unit power plant, and the country's first to use ultra-supercritical technologies.

Ultra-supercritical plants use new advanced clean coal technology that allows operation at elevated steam temperatures and pressures. Ultra-supercritical technologies are expected to become more prevalent in China because they can boost the efficiency of coal-based electricity generation by more than 50%, while maintaining superior environmental performance.

China's power generation controls market is growing rapidly, currently estimated at $120 million annually.

Emerson will engineer and install its Ovation® expert control system at the new four-unit, 4,000-megawatt (4x1,000 megawatt) plant. Emerson's Ovation was designed and built for the power generation industry and has been proven in thousands of installations.

"For this milestone project we were looking for a proven solution that offered superior technology, engineering and support," said Wu Hechun, supervisor of Instrumentation and Controls, Huaneng Power International. "Emerson offered the right combination of advanced technologies and technical expertise this significant and high-profile project required."

Located in Yuhuan City in China's Zhejiang Province, the plant will be built in two phases: the first two units are expected to be operational in 2007; the remaining units are slated for start-up the following year. The project will be coordinated and supervised by Emerson's Power & Water Solutions industry center.

Ovation boasts a number of industry-leading advanced technologies: the incorporation of embedded advanced control algorithms specifically tailored to meet the challenges of electricity generation; a mission-critical, Fast Ethernet network for high speed communications of plant information; the industry's most powerful controller with the fastest duty cycle available to optimize plant performance; and a full line of analog, digital and special-purpose turbine and boiler control modules; among others.

"We are honored to be chosen as the control system supplier to China's first 1000 megawatt-per-unit plant, and also the country's first to use ultra-supercritical technology," said John Berra, president of Emerson Process Management. "We look forward to partnering with Huaneng Power to help them achieve the operating goals of the plant."

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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