Emerson wins contract for digital automation of Chinese power plant

Company introduces its digital technology to burgeoning $120 million China power generation controls market with installation at Wangting Power Plant...

AUSTIN, TX, Oct. 26, 2004 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- Emerson Process Management, a business of Emerson, won a contract to automate the new 780-megawatt Wangting Combined Cycle Power Plant in China's Jiangsu Province.

Emerson will install its innovative PlantWeb® digital plant architecture at the Wangting plant, which is owned by China Huadian Corp. and located in Suzhou City. The two-unit plant will provide additional power to China's eastern provinces, which are developing faster than the existing power supply.

Emerson is introducing PlantWeb to the China power generation controls market, which is estimated to total $120 million annually, with projected growth of around 15 percent per year. Current planning calls for construction of 500 new power units by 2010.

New to the China power market, PlantWeb has proven to deliver significant savings in construction and engineering of new projects, as well as operations efficiency across industries throughout the world.

Emerson's digital automation of the Wangting plant will include deployment of FOUNDATIONTM fieldbus technology that saves design, wiring, termination, and space cost by replacing bundles of individual wires with single wire busses. The single wire busses carry significantly more information about the process and equipment than traditional systems, enabling efficiencies in operation and maintenance.

Emerson's Power & Water Solutions industry center will coordinate and supervise the project, which represents the company's first Asia-Pacific application of FOUNDATION fieldbus with its Ovation® Expert Control System.

"We selected Emerson because its proven PlantWeb digital automation approach differentiates the organization from its competitors," said Feng Guo Rong, of China Huadian Group. "We were looking for a control system that would enable the plant to provide clean, efficient energy and comply with future environmental regulations. We found that in Emerson."

"We've experienced firsthand in other industries how the early adoption of PlantWeb can dramatically impact construction costs and follow-on operations efficiency," said John Berra, president of Emerson Process Management. "Emerson is committed to helping the power generation industry adopt this approach. This project is significant because it indicates China's growing confidence in bus-enabled technologies like Ovation and PlantWeb."

About Emerson Power & Water Solutions
Emerson's Power & Water Solutions division (www.emersonprocess-powerwater.com), formerly Westinghouse Process Control, 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.

About Emerson Process Management
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.

About Emerson
St. Louis-based Emerson (www.gotoemerson.com) is a global leader in bringing technology and engineering together to provide innovative solutions to customers in process control; electronics and telecommunications; industrial automation; heating, ventilating and air conditioning; and appliance and tools. Sales in fiscal 2003 were $14 billion.

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