Invensys Process System to control world's first hydrogen power plant

October 21, 2008 - Invensys Process Systems (IPS) has been selected by Enel to supply control and automation technology for the world's first hydrogen-fuelled power plant, to be constructed in Fusina, near Venice in the Veneto region of Italy. Enel is Italy's largest power company with more than 50 million power and gas customers and a presence in 21 countries.

The new facility, which places Enel and Italy at the forefront of technological innovation for environmentally compatible energy development, is part of the "Environment and Innovation Project," which envisages investments of 7.4 billion euros by 2012. The 40 million euro plant will be built next to Enel's existing coal-fired power station in Fusina and is being supported with 4 million euros from the local Veneto region, which is keen to establish a dedicated "hydrogen district" in the area.

"IPS is proud to be a partner in this historic, future-looking project. Our process and energy industry know-how, coupled with IPS technology and support services, allows us to help our clients deliver energy from renewable and environmentally friendly resources," said Paulett Eberhart, President and Chief Executive Officer of IPS. "We are confident that our unique service offerings and technical expertise will help Enel provide long-term benefits to the people and environment of Italy."

IPS fought off stiff competition from within the power market to land this prestigious contract. As part of the deal, the company will supply I/A Series® automation and Triconex® triple modular redundant safety controllers, as well as instrumentation and other site services.

"Enel have found in IPS a technical partner that is dedicated to providing the services and solutions not only to generate electricity, but also to reduce CO2 emissions," said Vittorio Panzeri, Operations Director of IPS Italy. "Our flexible approach and industry expertise played a significant role in the award of this project."

In the first phase of the project, a demonstration was conducted to verify that the existing 12 megawatt gas turbine would operate correctly with pure hydrogen as a fuel. The demonstration also provided data on the safety aspects and control technologies required for the efficient combustion of the gas. The goal of the second phase of the programme is to optimise combustion technology, paying particular attention to nitrogen oxide emissions.

The final design of the plant has been completed, public and statutory permission for construction has been obtained and the gas turbine has been chosen and ordered. The plant is expected to begin producing energy and be completely online by June 2010, serving 20,000 households.

About Enel
Enel is Italy's largest power company and Europe's second listed utility by installed capacity. It produces and sells electricity and gas across Europe, North and Latin America. Further to the acquisition of the Spanish utility Endesa, together with partner Acciona, Enel has now a presence in 22 countries with 75,500 MW of generating capacity (on 31st December 2007) and serves more than 50 million power and gas customers.

About IPS (Invensys Process Systems)
Invensys Process Systems (IPS), headquartered in Plano, Texas, is a global technology, software and consulting firm leading significant change in process manufacturing, plant optimisation, business operations and enterprise performance. IPS clients are some of the world's most important industrial organisations - companies that operate large oil refineries; plants that process chemicals, gas, LNG, power, pharmaceutical and minerals; and pulp and paper mills. IPS solutions, used at over 50,000 locations across the globe, include field devices and controls from Foxboro and Triconex, advanced applications from SimSci-Esscor, operations management from Avantis, and the world's first truly open enterprise control system, InFusion.

The company's nearly 7,000 employees integrate these capabilities to create solutions that impact and increase efficiency, boost productivity, and accelerate performance. These results help industrial companies run safer, operate more efficiently, and extract useful knowledge from their operations to make faster, better decisions.

The Invensys Group is headquartered in London and is listed on the London Stock Exchange (ISYS.L), with approximately 25,000 employees working in 60 countries.

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