Westinghouse, Emerson Reach 10-Year Nuclear Power Plant Automation Agreement


Emerson Ovation® expert system to provide information and control for daily operation of Westinghouse-designed nuclear power plants as well as existing plants slated for upgrade

PITTSBURGH, PA (November 14, 2007) -Westinghouse Electric and Emerson Process Management, a business of Emerson (NYSE:EMR), announced today a 10-year extension to an existing agreement in which Emerson will provide key technology for automation of nuclear power plants that utilize the important Westinghouse AP1000(TM) design. The AP1000(TM) is the only Generation III+ design for nuclear power plants to have received design certification from the Nuclear Regulatory Commission.

Westinghouse will use Emerson's Ovation® expert control and information system designed specifically to automate power generation. The Ovation system, a key component of Emerson's PlantWeb® digital plant architecture, will control power generation processes, provide operations and maintenance interface, and collect and distribute plant-wide information for process and power generation management.

"This agreement, which is timely in light of the resurgence of nuclear power, ensures that existing and future Westinghouse customers can rely on Emerson's Ovation technology for efficient and reliable control of the daily operations of these nuclear facilities," said John Berra, president of Emerson Process Management, whose Power & Water Solutions division reached the agreement.

Four Westinghouse AP1000(TM) design plants have been contracted for construction in China. The AP1000(TM) design has been selected as the basis for 12 advanced nuclear plants that could be built in the United States over the next 10 to 12 years. Westinghouse technology is the basis for approximately one-half of the world's operating nuclear plants, including 60 percent of those in the United States. The agreement also selects Emerson for modernization of existing facilities.

Emerson and Westinghouse share a strong history, having worked together in addressing the needs of the nuclear market since Emerson's acquisition of Westinghouse's non-nuclear I&C business in 1998.

"This agreement continues the partnership Westinghouse and Emerson established in 1998," said Michele M. DeWitt, vice president of Westinghouse Electric Company's Repair, Replacement & Automation Services, who points out that Emerson's Ovation or WDPF® control systems - or Westinghouse's previous-generation systems such as the 7300 analog control system - already exist in virtually all Westinghouse-built Pressurized Water Reactors (PWRs).

"We look forward to continuing this relationship - a relationship that in addition to being mutually beneficial to our respective institutions and stakeholders, also offers tremendous value to our customers," she concluded.

About Emerson Process Management

Emerson Process Management (www.emersonprocess.com), 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, life sciences, and other industries.

Emerson's Power & Water Solutions division (www.emersonprocess-powerwater.com) 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®; Micro Motion®; Rosemount®; Mobrey®, Daniel®, Bristol®, DeltaV(TM); and AMS(TM) 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 2007 were $22.6 billion. For more information, visit www.Emerson.com.

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