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Emerson and Mitsubishi to retrofit turbines

December 2, 2008 - Emerson Process Management entered into an alliance with Mitsubishi Power Systems Americas, Inc. (MPSA) of Orlando, Fla.

The alliance, which combines Emerson’s proven expertise in power plant automation and control with Mitsubishi’s experience in gas and steam turbine design and service, applies to North American and Latin American turbine retrofit projects supporting W251, W501D5, W501D5A, and W501F gas turbines as well as all models of Westinghouse technology steam turbines. MPSA has unique and valuable expertise on these turbines since they were involved in the design and development of the Westinghouse technology since the 1970s and continue to support and modernize the original Westinghouse technology platform.

“Leveraging the respective strengths of Emerson and MPSA results in a complete turbine solution, giving power generators an OEM alternative for gas and steam turbine retrofits, and long-term service and support,” said Bob Yeager, president of the Power & Water Solutions division of Emerson. “Together, these companies can offer customers a level of turbine reliability, durability and operability that they don’t always get from their existing suppliers.”

Emerson’s Ovation expert control system, which was designed specifically to meet the unique challenges of the power generation industry, offers unique features that other control systems don’t have. These include fully coordinated boiler-turbine control, automated startup and shutdown sequencing, specialty turbine interface cards, built-in security features, and embedded advanced control applications that can dramatically improve plant reliability and efficiency. With Ovation technology, power generators no longer need to rely on their existing supplier to support a proprietary control system. Ovation provides a clear window into the turbine control logic, eliminating the need for a third party to “unlock the black box.”

For decades Emerson’s automation technology has been helping customers to control critical power generation processes, increase plant efficiencies and megawatt production, and realize long-term O&M savings. As the leading control systems supplier to the North American power market, Emerson has supplied more than 1,200 steam and gas turbine control systems.

Mitsubishi is one of the largest OEM service providers for gas turbine outages in North America with a proactive turbine service program focused on enhanced performance, turbine life extension, protection against avoidable damage and prevention of unplanned outages. Mitsubishi brings a wealth of service support experience to the alliance including form-fit equivalent product modifications, long-term service agreements, gas and steam turbine outage services, and new and extended-life parts, as well as U.S.-based manufacturing, shop repair and engineering support.

As one of the few turbine manufacturers that owns and operates its own power plant, MPSA understands first-hand the importance of reliable turbine parts and services. In addition to a team of nearly 500 employees at its 225,000-sqare-foot headquarters in Orlando, MPSA continues to grow and invest in the North American market with the recent opening of the Center of Excellence Blade and Vane manufacturing facility in June 2008, as well as the Houston service facility and outage resource center in 2001.

Emerson and MPSA have already successfully collaborated on a number of turbine retrofit projects. These include performing mechanical upgrades and installing Ovation controls at the Termocandalaria power plant in Cartagena, Colombia, and for the San Juan Repowering Project in Puerto Rico.

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, metals and mining, chemical, oil and gas, refining, pulp and paper, food and beverage, pharmaceutical, 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; Scenario, SmartProcess; Fisher; Micro Motion; Rosemount; Daniel, Bristol, ControlWave, DeltaV; and AMS Suite.
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