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Yokogawa to control Australia’s largest gas-fired power station

February 1, 2009 - Yokogawa Australia will replace the control and instrumentation systems at Section B of the Torrens Island Power Station, which is owned by AGL Energy Limited (AGL). The contract is estimated to be worth $28 million.

The Torrens Island Power Station is situated in Adelaide, South Australia, and consists of Section A with four 120 MW units and Section B with four 200 MW units, a combined generating capacity of 1,280 MW. It is Australia's largest natural gas-fired thermal power station, burning natural gas supplied from Victoria and the Cooper Basin.

AGL has now embarked on a program to replace the control and instrumentation systems for the turbines and boilers in each of Section B's four units, and on some of the common plant facilities. The refurbishment of the first two units is scheduled to be completed in calendar year 2010 and is expected to enhance operations and ensure ongoing reliability of supply.

For this refurbishment project, known as Project Gateway, Yokogawa is providing AGL with the CENTUM VP Integrated Production Control System, ProSafe-RS Safety Instrumented System, Exaquantum Plant Information Management System and other software packages, and a variety of transmitters including the DPharp EJX series of differential pressure transmitters. The project scope includes the detailed design, engineering, equipment supply, factory testing, installation, commissioning and performance testing of the control and instrumentation systems.

In selecting Yokogawa as preferred supplier of the replacement instrumentation and control systems, AGL recognized Yokogawa Australia's expertise and experience with successfully delivering similar projects. AGL is looking forward to working with Yokogawa and developing an ongoing relationship.

The awarding of AGL's Project Gateway to Yokogawa follows a string of other recent successes with major power plant refurbishment projects in Australia, including Eraring Power Station (4 units x 660 MW), Northern Power Station (2 units x 260 MW), Loy Yang Power Station (4 units x 500 MW), and Liddell Power Station (4 units x 500 MW).

About Yokogawa Australia
Yokogawa products and services have been available in Australia for more than 30 years, at first through distribution agencies, and then through a subsidiary of the Yokogawa Electric Company of Japan, Yokogawa Australia Pty. Ltd. There are now branches in every mainland state of Australia, employing more than 240 staff.

Yokogawa Australia focuses on the energy generation, oil and gas, mining and minerals processing, manufacturing, and environmental sectors, and annual sales exceeded $70 million in 2007. Yokogawa will expand and accelerate its business, and aims to achieve sales of $80 million in Australia by 2010.

About AGL
AGL is one of Australia's leading integrated energy companies and is taking action toward creating a sustainable energy future for its investors, communities, and customers. Drawing on over 170 years of experience, AGL operates retail and merchant energy businesses, power generation assets, and an upstream gas portfolio. AGL has Australia's largest retail energy and dual fuel customer base.

AGL has a diverse power generation portfolio including base, peaking and intermediate generation plants, spread across traditional thermal generation as well as renewable sources including hydro, wind, landfill gas, and biomass. AGL is Australia's largest private owner and operator of renewable energy assets and is looking to further expand this position by exploring a suite of low emission and renewable energy generation development opportunities.

About Yokogawa
Yokogawa's global network of 19 manufacturing facilities and 89 companies spans 32 countries. Since its founding in 1915, the US$4 billion company has been engaged in cutting-edge research and innovation, securing more than 7,500 patents and registrations, including the world's first digital sensors for flow and pressure measurement. Industrial automation and control, test and measurement, information systems and industry support are the core businesses of Yokogawa.

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