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Invensys Presents Best Practices for Remote Operations during hurricanes

February 082006
FOXBORO, MASSACHUSETTS, USA – February 8, 2006 – Invensys Process Systems executives presented current trends and technologies in selecting and installing offshore SCADA hardware and related critical technologies at a Zeus Development workshop on Hurricane Evacuation and Remote Operations (HERO). Invensys’ presentation, which took place on January 27th, was part of a series of executive-led discussions on improving availability and utilization of remotely controlled production assets during hurricane related evacuations where ensuring safety of personnel comes at the cost of lost production.

The Invensys presentation examined the best practices available today with SCADA systems, wireless communications, critical controls and condition monitoring required for safe and successful offshore productions facilities. Invensys executives Mike Chmilewski, Vice President of SCADA and Pipeline Business, and Stan DeVries, Director of Upstream Solutions, described the levels of system integrity, security and adaptive span of control that are essential for reliable and cost-effective remote operations, not only during temporary evacuations, but under normal operating conditions as well. Best practices discussed included innovative changes to teamwork.

Invensys currently has transcontinental and multi-operations SCADA installations on five continents, including the largest share of offshore platforms in the Gulf of Mexico. The company’s expertise includes complete automation and lifecycle services of both offshore Normally Unattended Installations (NUI) and Normally Attended Installations (NAI).

The SCADA presentation was part of a two-day workshop offered by Zeus Development Corporation focusing on trends in offshore monitoring and control and hurricane evacuation and remote operation. The workshop was hosted by Zeus Development’s Upstream CIO newsletter and moderated by Editor, Jeanne Perdue. Founded in 1991, Houston-based Zeus Development Corporation (www.zeusdevelopment.com) is a research consultancy and central information clearinghouse for business-related research, news and information concerning natural gas development and information technology for the E&P industry.

About Invensys Process Systems
Invensys Process Systems, a business unit of Invensys plc, provides products, services and solutions that enable today’s industrial process plants to monitor, manage, and improve the performance of their manufacturing assets. In addition to its rapidly expanding Global Solutions group, Invensys Process Systems includes industry-leading brands such as Avantis, Foxboro, SimSci-Esscor, Triconex, and Wonderware, whose products are installed at more than 100,000 sites across the world. These range from small hybrid and batch plants to the world’s largest upstream projects, pipelines, refineries, gas plants, petrochemicals plants, power plants, and pulp and paper mills.

The Invensys Group (www.invensys.com) is made up of five businesses: Process Systems, APV, Eurotherm, Rail Systems and Controls. The Group is headquartered in London and is listed on the London Stock Exchange, with approximately 30,000 employees working in 60 countries.

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