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Potomac River Generating Station wins $350,000 control room “makeover” from Foxboro

Designs, consoles and equipment to enhance usability of electrical control room

FOXBORO, MASSACHUSETTS, USA – June 1, 2006 – The Foxboro unit of Invensys Process Systems has announced that a control center at the Potomac River Generating Station, in Alexandria, Virginia, won a control room “makeover,” valued up to $350,000, following a nationwide campaign. The 482-megawatt, five-unit facility is owned by Mirant and serves customers in Washington, D.C.

The main electrical control room at the Potomac River plant was chosen from entries representing a wide range of industrial segments and control room needs. As control room functions evolve or become consolidated, and more equipment and displays are added, engineers are faced with challenges in operator and engineer ergonomics and effectiveness. They must also make the best use of the available space. The Foxboro campaign highlighted the importance of control room design in decision-making, plant safety and plant asset performance.

At Potomac River, the main electric control room originally contained controls only for plant electrical, station service switching, and synchronization systems. Upgraded distributed control system (DCS) boiler-turbine coordinated controls for two of the plant’s generating units are being moved into a space that contains the original traditional steel control board for the electrical systems and modern DCS controls with graphical display interfaces for three other boiler-turbine generating units. As the winners of the control room makeover, Mirant will receive equipment and control room design assistance from Invensys and its partners.

The Mirant Potomac River Generating Station will receive professional services and products from User Centered Design Services, Smith LaRock, Wright Line and Foxboro, with a total estimated value of up to $350,000. User Centered Design Services will provide a control room design consultation, and Smith LaRock will provide a conceptual design solution walkthrough video. Wright Line will provide new operator consoles, and Foxboro will provide workstation and monitor upgrades, plus appropriate Invensys engineering, alarm management, and training services.

The new main electrical control room is presently in the planning stages. The enhanced design, along with upgraded I/A Series controls, are targeted for implementation in January 2007.

About Mirant
Mirant is a competitive energy company that produces and sells electricity in the United States, the Caribbean, and the Philippines. Mirant owns or leases approximately 17,300 megawatts of electric generating capacity globally. The company operates an asset management and energy marketing organization from its headquarters in Atlanta.

About Wright Line
Wright Line, a global leader in the design and manufacture of consoles, enclosures, office and other specialty furniture, has been serving the data center, office, call center, electronic laboratory and high-tech manufacturing environments for more than 70 years.

About Invensys
Invensys is the world leader in industrial asset performance management. In addition to its rapidly expanding Global Solutions and Performance Management services groups, Invensys’ automation businesses include industry-leading brands such as Foxboro, Triconex, SimSci-Esscor, Wonderware, and Avantis, whose products are installed in more than 100,000 plants across the world. These range from small hybrid and batch plants to the world’s largest upstream projects, refineries, gas plants, petrochemicals plants, power plants, and pulp and paper mills.

The Invensys 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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