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SimSci-Esscor Awarded Power Process Optimization Contract by Lower Colorado River Authority

BREA, Calif., Dec, 16, 2002 -- SimSci-Esscor(TM), an operating unit of Invensys plc, today announced that it had received a contract from the Lower Colorado River Authority (LCRA) to provide process optimization products and services at LCRA's Fayette Power Project near La Grange, Texas.

LCRA is the primary wholesale provider of electricity in central
Texas. The Fayette Power Project generates approximately 1,600 megawatts of electric power from coal-fired boilers. Austin Energy, the city of Austin's electric utility, owns 50 percent of units one and two at the Fayette plant. The contract calls for SimSci-Esscor to provide its Connoisseur(R) model predictive control software solution for the coal fired unit one at Fayette. Invensys Performance Services will provide implementation services.

The SimSci-Esscor and Invensys Performance Services team have already completed successful implementations on gas-fired units at other LCRA plants. The Connoisseur program will work together with an existing Foxboro IA control system to reduce nitrogen oxides emissions and improve heat rate on the unit. Project completion is targeted for May 2003.

"We are pleased with the performance of the Connoisseur program as a multi-variable control and optimization solution for our gas units," said Larry Ripper, project coordinator for LCRA. "Based on prior experience, we expect to effectively reduce greenhouse gas emissions and increase heat rate without experiencing any negative impact on the ramp up rate for the unit."

Connoisseur is a comprehensive suite of process control software that simultaneously manages several processes, allowing operators to maximize plant efficiency. It is designed for use in industries as diverse as electrical power generation, chemical production, minerals and metallurgical processing, oil refining, food processing and petrochemicals.

"This contract is a prime example of earned trust based on performance," said Ken Brown, vice president and general manager of SimSci-Esscor. "LCRA has informed us that Connoisseur effectively stays in closed-loop control much more reliably than alternative approaches."

About LCRA
LCRA has been the primary wholesale provider of electricity in central Texas since 1937. By supplying wholesale power to 42 city-owned utilities and electric cooperatives, LCRA serves more than 1 million people in one of the nation's fastest growing regions, helping fuel the growth of rural communities, towns and cities.

LCRA also supplies electric transmission services through an affiliate, LCRA Transmission Services Corp., which serves the traditional service territory and other areas within the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) region. For more information, visit the LCRA website at www.lcra.org/energy/index.html.

About SimSci-Esscor
SimSci-Esscor is a leader in the development and marketing of industrial process simulation software and systems for a variety of industries, including oil and gas exploration, petroleum refining, petrochemical and chemical manufacturing, electrical power generation, mining, pulp and paper, and engineering and construction. SimSci-Esscor products enable clients to minimize capital requirements, optimize facility performance, and maximize returns on investments in producing assets. SimSci-Esscor, as part of Invensys plc, supports more than 750 client companies in more than 70 countries through offices in Brazil, Venezuela, Germany, Italy, Japan, Singapore, the United Arab Emirates, the United Kingdom and the U.S. For more information, visit the SimSci-Esscor Web site at www.simsciesscor.com.

About Invensys
Invensys plc is a global leader in production technology and energy
management. The group helps customers improve their performance and profitability using innovative services and technologies and a deep understanding of their industries and applications.

Invensys Production Management works closely with customers in order to drive up performance of their production assets, maximize their return on investments in production technologies, and remove cost and cash from their whole supply chain. The division includes APV, Avantis, Baan, Eurotherm, Foxboro, SimSci-Esscor, Triconex, and Wonderware. These businesses address process and batch industries -- including the oil, gas and chemicals, food,
beverage and personal health care -- and the discrete and hybrid
manufacturing sectors.

Invensys Energy Management works with clients involved in the supply, measurement, and consumption of energy and water, to reduce costs and waste and improve the efficiency, reliability, and security of power supply. The division includes Energy Management Solutions, Appliance Controls, Climate Controls, Global Services, Metering Systems, Powerware, and Home Control Systems. These businesses focus on markets connected with power and energy infrastructure for industrial, commercial, and residential buildings.

The company also serves the specialized rail, wind-power and electronic manufacturing (power components) markets through Invensys Rail Systems, Hansen Transmissions and Lambda, respectively, in its development division. Invensys operates in more than 80 countries, with its headquarters in London. For more information, visit www.invensys.com.

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