Emerson awarded $27M contract to upgrade lignite-fired power plant

PITTSBURGH (June 27, 2007) — Emerson Process Management received a $27 million contract to modernize generating units 3 and 4 of the largest lignite-fired power plant in Europe, the Belchatow Power Plant in Poland. While the upgrade will enable the plant to meet demanding operational targets, it must be quickly returned to service in order to maintain Poland’s electrical grid stability.

The plant, which is the largest baseload power plant in Poland, is owned by BOT- Elektrownia Belchatow S.A., part of the BOT Group. It consists of 12 units with a generating capacity of 4,400 MW, representing more than 12 percent of the total installed power provided by Polish power generators.

Under the contract, Emerson will modernize the instrumentation, control and electrical subsystems of units 3 and 4. Emerson will serve as main automation contractor, performing broad engineering and management services that include the installation of its proven PlantWeb digital plant architecture with the Ovation expert control system.

“The Belchatow Power Plant plays an essential role in meeting Poland’s electricity needs, so finding the right supplier was critical to the success of this modernization project,” said Boleslaw Cirkos – VP, Strategy & Development Director of BOT-Elektrownia Belchatow S.A. “Emerson won the tender by understanding our technical requirements and time constraints in the best way, and demonstrated its extensive experience in executing similar turnkey projects in the power generation industry.”

To meet Poland’s energy needs, it’s extremely important that the availability and reliability of existing power generating assets be preserved. As the country’s largest baseload power plant, it is critical that the Belchatow units return to service as quickly as possible in order to maintain grid stability. The aggressive schedule for this project calls for Unit 3 to synchronize to the grid in October 2007, with Unit 4 expected to return to service one year later.

As the main automation contractor, Emerson will leverage its significant engineering expertise to design, install and commission the digital automation system and also perform various specialized services on the units’ electrical subsystems, such as the generator, transformers, feeder ducts and switchgear. Unlike other vendors, with its Ovation system Emerson is able to address both the instrumentation and control and electrical systems with a single, integrated automation solution.

At Belchatow, Emerson’s Ovation system will monitor and control each unit’s Sulzer-type boiler and balance of plant processes and equipment, as well as the 6kV and 0.4kV electrical switchgears and unit power output. In addition, the Ovation system will interface to each unit’s BBC-type turbine controls. For optimum productivity, plant operators will monitor both units from a central, integrated control room.

“Eastern Europe is an important market for Emerson, and so naturally we are honored to be selected for such a high-profile project where so much is at stake,” said John Berra, president of Emerson Process Management. “We are pleased to harness the breadth and depth of the global Emerson organization in order to execute and deliver on all the required elements of this comprehensive project.”

The Ovation system was designed specifically for the power industry and has been proven in thousands of installations throughout the world. Ovation, a key component of Emerson’s PlantWeb digital plant architecture, leverages commercially available hardware platforms, operating systems and network architectures and boasts a number of industry-leading advanced technologies. These include the incorporation of embedded advanced control algorithms; a mission-critical, Fast Ethernet network for high-speed communication of plant information; the industry’s most powerful controller to optimize plant performance; and a full line of analog, digital and special-purpose turbine and boiler I/O modules; among others.

Emerson’s comprehensive PlantWeb digital automation solution will also include deployment of HART intelligent field devices; Rosemount pressure and temperature transmitters and analytical equipment; Fisher FIELDVUE digital valve controllers and Fisher valves; and SmartProcess Global Performance Advisor optimization software, which provides customers with critical performance data to increase overall plant efficiency. Another core component of the solution is Emerson’s AMS Suite: Intelligent Device Manager software, which has been proven to help power generators not only optimize plant operations and maintenance activities, but also avoid costly unplanned outages.

In total, Emerson’s sophisticated control solution will monitor and control roughly 20,000 I/O points (10,000 per unit) via 24 Ovation controllers (12 per unit) and 18 workstations (nine per unit).

About Emerson Process Management
Emerson Process Management, 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, life sciences, 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 brands include: PlantWeb; Ovation; SmartProcess; Fisher; Micro Motion; Rosemount; Mobrey; Daniel, Bristol, DeltaV; and AMS Suite.

About Emerson
Emerson (NYSE: EMR), 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 2006 were $20.1 billion.