Emerson wins $9 Million in contracts to automate Kansas power plant

PlantWeb digital plant architecture with Emerson's Ovation expert control system to boost performance at Sunflower Electric's Holcomb Generating Station...

AUSTIN, TX, Oct. 1, 2004 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- Emerson Process Management won an $8 million contract to upgrade the control systems for Sunflower Electric Power Corp.'s Holcomb Generating Station in Kansas. The consumer-owned electric generation and transmission utility also has awarded Emerson a $1 million contract for asset management software, field instrumentation and services.

Sunflower Electric Power Corp. is operated by six rural electric distribution cooperatives and serves 34 western Kansas counties.

"We selected Emerson because they not only offered a comprehensive instrumentation and control solution, but also a knowledgeable and dedicated team that was willing to go the extra mile for us," said Brad Schimke, senior manager, power production for the Holcomb Station, which is located in Garden City, Kansas. "It's that combination of industry-leading technologies and technical expertise that really set Emerson apart from the competition."

Emerson's Power & Water Solutions industry center will install its Ovation® expert control system at the 360-megawatt, coal-fired Holcomb plant, replacing the station's legacy Bailey and Honeywell control systems. The Ovation system, a key technology in Emerson's PlantWeb® digital plant architecture, will optimize, control and monitor the plant's steam supply processes and the balance of plant processes.

"Time and time again, across a broad range of industries, we've seen how Emerson's digital PlantWeb architecture can boost the availability, capacity and response of our customers' plants while at the same time reducing operations and maintenance costs," said John Berra, president of Emerson Process Management. "Now, increasingly we're seeing power companies use PlantWeb with the Ovation system as they look to gain and maintain a competitive advantage."

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.

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
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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