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Emerson awarded contract for engineering of automation program at Motiva's Norco refinery

AUSTIN, TEXAS (July 16, 2002) - Emerson Process Management, an Emerson business (NYSE: EMR), today announced it has received a $1 million contract for front-end engineering and design (FEED), and project execution services as the main automation contractor (MAC) for a major automation program at Motiva Enterprises' Norco Refinery, located in Norco, Louisiana.

The oil refinery, which has a capacity of 240,000 barrels per day, makes gasoline, jet fuel and diesel fuels. Major refining processes/units include: fluid catalytic cracker, hydrotreating, catalytic reforming, hydrocracking and coking. Motiva Enterprises is a joint venture of Shell Oil Company and Saudi Refining Inc.

The Norco refinery will be outfitted with digital plant architecture and FOUNDATION fieldbus technology. The plant automation program calls for the re-instrumentation of the two catalytic reformers, steam methane reformer, distillate hydrotreater, naptha hydrotreater, hydrocracker and coker. Engineering and design work will occur without interruption to operations during this year with construction scheduled to begin in summer of 2003.

"The re-instrumentation project presented us with an opportunity to
'leap-frog' an entire technology iteration by choosing to install digital fieldbus control rather than analog electronic control," asserted Jack Williams, General Manager, Technical Services for Motiva. "After an extensive evaluation, Emerson's expertise in refining and digital plant architecture, combined with the Emerson customer support structure, proved to be superior to all our other options."

Emerson, through its Automation and Asset Optimization services, also will help the Norco refinery consolidate its five remote control rooms into a single, state-of-the-art control room designed using the latest ergonomics and safety guidelines.

"Norco's primary objective is to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of its operations and maintenance," said John Berra, executive vice president of Emerson with responsibility for the process management business. "With the available Emerson technology and services, Norco receives all the benefits of a turnkey solution-from equipment asset management and intelligent fieldbus technology to redundant emergency power shutdown."

About Norco

The Norco Refining Company is located next to the Mississippi River, about 20 miles west of New Orleans, Louisiana. The refinery has a capacity of 240,000 barrels per day. The plant was built in 1916 and operated by the New Orleans Refining Company, which is where the town Norco got its name. Shell bought the refinery in 1929. The refinery has been upgraded and modernized continuously since Shell purchased the plant. The plant became a part of Motiva Enterprises LLC in 1998.

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 chemical, oil and gas, refining, pulp and paper, power, food and beverage, pharmaceutical and other industries. The company combines superior products and technology with industry-specific engineering, consulting, project management and maintenance services. Its brands include: PlantWeb(R); Fisher(R); Daniel(R); Intellution(R); Micro Motion(R); Rosemount(R); Westinghouse Process Control; DeltaV(TM); 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 appliances and tools. Sales in fiscal 2001 were $15.5 billion.

PlantWeb, Fisher, Daniel, Micro Motion, DeltaV, Rosemount, and Intellution are marks of Emerson Process Management. FOUNDATION is a mark of the Fieldbus Foundation. Other marks are the property of their respective owners.

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