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Emerson Awarded $4.5 Million Control Upgrade Contract From MidAmerican Energy

Power & Water Solutions division to engineer and install Ovation Information & Control System at Iowa’s Louisa Energy Center

PITTSBURGH, PA (Dec.10, 2002) –Emerson Process Management announced today that its Power & Water Solutions division, formerly Westinghouse Process Control, will upgrade control systems at MidAmerican Energy’s Louisa Energy Center in Muscatine, Iowa.

Under the $4.5 million contract, Emerson will replace existing control systems at Louisa, a 738-megawatt coal-fueled unit, with the MicrosoftÒ WindowsÒ-based version of the Ovation® Information & Control System. The current control system will be replaced in two phases. Phase one is scheduled for completion in spring of 2003, and phase two in 2005.

The contract includes a high-fidelity simulator, designed to ease and improve operator training. Using the simulator, operators develop a thorough understanding of precisely how their actions affect overall facility operations and efficiency, without risking trips or shut downs of the actual plant. In addition, the simulator acts as a tool for engineering analysis, allowing engineers to develop system logic, and observe changes before they are implemented.

“Having helped MidAmerican in the past with our SmartProcess Optimization Software, we knew a central system like Ovation would offer the Louisa Energy Center a solid control foundation for the future,” said Anne Pauley, president, Power & Water Solutions division of Emerson Process Management. “Once installation is complete, we’re looking forward to introducing MidAmerican to our new fleet management tools and the smart instruments and software available through our sister Emerson companies.”

The Ovation System uses an open architecture approach that helps to eliminate concerns about technological obsolescence and dependence on proprietary systems. Operating on a high-speed, high-capacity network, Ovation was the first system built completely to open industry standards. It uses commercially available hardware and allows easy integration of a customer’s existing IT products and components, while maintaining process security. Ovation is a key component of Emerson’s groundbreaking PlantWebÒ digital plant architecture for the power generation industry.

MidAmerican Energy Company is the largest utility in Iowa, providing service to more than 673,000 electric customers and 652,000 natural gas customers in a 10,600 square-mile area. The largest communities served by MidAmerican are Des Moines, Cedar Rapids, Sioux City, Waterloo, Iowa City and Council Bluffs, Iowa; the Quad Cities area of Iowa and Illinois; and Sioux Falls, South Dakota. MidAmerican meets the needs of its electric customers with a total generating capacity of 4,400 megawatts.

About Emerson Process Management
Emerson Process Management (www.emersonprocess.com), 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, pharmaceutical, and other industries.

Emerson's Power & Water Solutions division (www.emersonprocess-powerwater.com), formerly Westinghouse Process Control, 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: PlantWebÒ; OvationÒ; SmartProcessÔ; FisherÒ; MicroMotionÒ; RosemountÒ; DeltaVÔ; and AMS.

About Emerson
St. Louis-based Emerson (www.gotoemerson.com) is a global leader in bringing technology and engineering together to provide innovative solutions to customers in process control; electronics and telecommunications; industrial automation; heating, ventilating and air conditioning; and appliance and tools. Sales in fiscal 2002 were $13.8 billion.
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