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Emerson to automate Canada’s largest drinking water filtration plant

PlantWeb® digital technology to monitor and control processes at facility serving more than 2 million residents

PITTSBURGH (January 18, 2007) — Emerson Process Management, a business of Emerson (NYSE:EMR), announced today that it has received a $5.3 million contract from the Greater Vancouver Regional District (GVRD) to install PlantWeb digital automation architecture at the Seymour-Capilano Water Filtration Plant, which is under construction.

GVRD, a partnership of more than 20 municipalities comprising the metropolitan area of Greater Vancouver, serves more than 2 million residents. The District and electoral areas are building the filtration plant to help meet new federal and provincial standards for drinking water treatment.

When completed in 2008, the Seymour-Capilano Water Filtration Plant will be Canada’s largest drinking water filtration plant combined with the world’s largest ultraviolet (UV) disinfection facility, filtering up to 475 million gallons of water per day from the Seymour and Capilano Reservoirs. UV disinfection is the process of applying UV energy to destroy or inactivate microorganisms without altering the water chemically.

Emerson’s PlantWeb digital automation solution includes deployment of the company’s DeltaV digital automation system, which will provide data acquisition, and monitor and control water filtration, chemical feed, and operation of motors and variable-speed drives. The DeltaV system will also interface with controls native to the plant’s UV disinfection and geoexchange processes. Additionally, a supervisory server at the plant will maintain constant communications with remote terminal units (RTU) at reservoirs and pumping stations, providing plant operators with vital information about these remote facilities.

Additional Emerson technologies included as part of the PlantWeb solution include Rosemount 848T and 848L transmitters, and Emerson’s AMS Suite: Intelligent Device Manager software. Emerson’s Power & Water Solutions industry center will supply software and engineering services, while Norpac Controls, Emerson Process Management’s exclusive local business partner in British Columbia, will provide the hardware.

“The Seymour-Capilano Water Filtration Plant plays a central role in fulfilling the District’s mission of providing high-quality drinking water to our member municipalities in a sustainable manner,” said Tom Wong, the District’s project manager for the DeltaV project. “Emerson has the right combination of relevant experience – including its involvement with large, complex water projects – and proven control technologies we were looking for to support this important initiative.”

In addition to the significant scope of its UV disinfection process, the Seymour-Capilano Water Filtration Plant is noteworthy for embracing other innovative processes and technologies, as well. For example, the plant is the first such facility in British Columbia to utilize a geoexchange system to provide energy efficient and cost effective space heating, cooling and hot water heating at the plant. Furthermore, the overall project also features an energy recovery unit that will produce electricity from the high pressure treated water supplied to the Capilano service area to be used by the GVRD.

“The Seymour-Capilano Water Filtration Plant is significant on a number of fronts and the District is to be commended for undertaking this innovative water treatment project,” said John Berra, president of Emerson Process Management, who points out that Emerson’s automation and control systems oversee the processes at some of the world’s largest water and wastewater treatment facilities. “Obviously we are pleased that Emerson’s PlantWeb digital automation solution is among the cutting-edge technologies implemented as part of this project.”

About Emerson Process Management
Emerson Process Management, 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 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: PlantWeb; Ovation; SmartProcess; Fisher; MicroMotion; Rosemount; Mobrey; Daniel, Bristol, DeltaV; and AMS Suite.

About Emerson
Emerson (NYSE: EMR), based in St. Louis, is a global leader in bringing technology and engineering together to provide innovative solutions to customers through its network power, process management, industrial automation, climate technologies, and appliance and tools businesses. Sales in fiscal 2006 were $20.1 billion.

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