Emerson to install Ovation control system at power plant in India

PITTSBURGH (May 15, 2007) — Emerson Process Management received a contract to digitally automate the new Amarkantak Power Plant, located near Pathadi Village, Korba district in the state of Chhattisgarh, India. Emerson will install its PlantWeb digital plant architecture with the Ovation expert control system at the two 300-MW, coal-fired units. China-based Dongfang Electric Corp., the project’s EPC contractor, awarded the contract to Emerson.

This plant, which is owned by LANCO Amarkantak Power Private Ltd, will help address India’s growing appetite for power, which is being fueled by an economy that is among the fastest-growing in the world. Unit 1 is scheduled to begin commercial operation in June 2008, Unit 2 is expected to go into service July 2009.

Emerson's Power & Water Solutions industry center is coordinating and supervising the project. Emerson’s comprehensive PlantWeb solution includes deployment of the Ovation control system for data acquisition, as well as for monitoring and control of the modulating control system, sequence control system, furnace safeguard supervisory system and electrical control system for all major plant components, including the boiler, turbine and balance of plant processes. For maximum efficiency, the processes and equipment for units 1 and 2 will be monitored from a common control room. In all, the Ovation solution, which will include installation of a total of 32 Ovation redundant controllers, will manage more than 19,000 I/O points.

In addition, Emerson will provide AMS Suite: Intelligent Device Manager predictive maintenance software, which will provide operators with data from HART intelligent field devices located throughout the plant. For new plant construction, AMS Device Manager streamlines device configuration and commissioning, thereby contributing to more efficient plant startup. AMS Device Manager also provides online access to instrument and valve diagnostics and automatic documentation of all field device maintenance information – all contributing to ongoing efficiency of plant operations and maintenance activities.

The contract also calls for use of Emerson’s SmartProcess Combustion Optimizer, which has been proven to optimize NOx levels and enhance boiler operations for heat rate improvements of up to 0.5% to 1.5%, as well as the SmartProcess Global Performance Advisor, which will model equipment and overall heat balance, adapting to the plant’s changing conditions and determining the most efficient operating modes. Also noteworthy is inclusion of Emerson’s EDS, a comprehensive package for remote visualization of process graphics, trends and alarms. EDS will gather information from the Ovation system as well as other plant data sources, providing the ability to monitor operations at multiple sites from anywhere within the corporate organization.

Beyond providing the technologies to monitor and control plant processes and equipment, Emerson will also supply network devices and computers that comprise the plant’s Management Information System (MIS), resulting in a comprehensive automation, optimization and information solution for units 1 and 2.

“Increasing electricity generation is vital to this country’s economic growth,” said Luo Xi, senior I&C engineer, Dongfang Electric Group. “For a project of this importance we wanted an automation and control supplier that offered leading-edge technologies with a proven track record, as well as significant experience with new coal-fired plant construction projects. Emerson was best qualified to meet all of our requirements.”

“This project is an excellent example of how we are able to leverage our vast resources to efficiently and effectively meet customer needs anywhere in the world,” said Bob Yeager, president of Emerson’s Power & Water Solutions division. “We’re honored to be selected by Dongfang Electric Group for a project that will help facilitate India’s fast-paced economic development.”

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 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.