ABB to provide controls for new $1 billion generating unit in Louisiana

Wickliffe, Ohio, March 1, 2007 – ABB has been selected to supply Cleco Power's new $1 billion, 660-megawatt generating unit at the company's Rodemacher Power Station site near Boyce, LA, with burner management, boiler controls, and BOP controls for its two 330 MW circulating fluidized bed boilers. ABB is looking forward to working with Engineering and Procurement Contractor, Shaw, Stone and Webster during the execution of this project.

ABB will be utilizing System 800xA with Harmony Connect Process Portal for the operator stations, and Harmony Bridge controllers with both Rack & S800 I/O for monitoring and control. ABB will also provide PLC interfaces to the turbine controls and other auxiliary equipment via standard OPC technology.

Currently, ABB's Symphony Control System is installed at several of Cleco's generating plants.

The Rodemacher station currently generates 963 MW with its two existing units. Unit 1, fully owned by Cleco, is fueled by natural gas and low-sulfur fuel oil and produces 440 MW. Unit 2, jointly owned by Cleco, Louisiana Energy and Power Authority, and Lafayette Utilities System, is coal-fired and has an output of 523 MW. Circulating Fluidized-Bed Technology will allow the new Cleco 600 MW unit to use a diversified fuel mixture. Presently under construction, the new unit is scheduled to be completed in late 2009.

Cleco Power is a subsidiary of Cleco Corp. a regional energy company headquartered in Pineville, La. Cleco Power is a regulated electric utility company that serves about 267,000 customers across Louisiana. Cleco Corp. also operates a wholesale energy business with approximately 1,350 megawatts of generating capacity.

ABB is a leader in power and automation technologies that enable utility and industry customers to improve performance while lowering environmental impact. The ABB Group of companies operates in around 100 countries and employs about 108,000 people.