Emerson awarded $15 million contract to modernize controls at Colorado's second-largest power plant
Implementing a common automation platform based on Ovation' technology expected to enhance reliability, efficiency and availability at Craig Station

April 7, 2014

Emerson Process Management has been awarded a $15 million contract to engineer and install its Ovation' control system at Craig Station, the second-largest power generating facility in Colorado. The three-unit, 1,311-MW plant is an important regional baseload resource that is operated by Tri-State Generation and Transmission Association, a wholesale electric power supplier serving 44 electric cooperatives with approximately 1.5 million consumers in Colorado, Nebraska, New Mexico and Wyoming.

'This plant plays a critical role in satisfying the region's demand for affordable and reliable electricity,' said Barry Ingold, Acting Senior Vice President of Production, Tri-State. 'For such an important project, we considered a number of factors. Ultimately, our selection of Emerson was based on the company's reputation in the industry and our own experience utilizing their control technology at our Nucla and Escalante power plants, along with the depth of their cyber security offering.'

Emerson Process Management has been awarded a $15 million contract to engineer and install its Ovation' control system at Craig Station, the second-largest power generating facility in Colorado. Implementing a common automation platform based on Ovation technology is expected to enhance reliability, efficiency and availability at the facility. 

An Ovation system at each of the three coal-fired Craig Station units will monitor and control the boiler and turbine. Unifying boiler and turbine operations under a single, common automation platform will provide improved unit stability, responsiveness and thermal efficiencies; tighter overall control of plant operations; and a more concise view of key plant and turbine parameters.

Ovation technology will also control the burner management system, sootblower, fly ash system, scrubbers and balance-of-plant processes, as well as coal handling and other common systems. Emerson's comprehensive automation solution for Craig Station also includes a high-fidelity simulator for operator training, EDS' technology that enables management to monitor plant performance remotely, and its Ovation Security Center, which streamlines the execution of cyber-security measures related to compliance with the North American Electric Reliability Council (NERC) Critical Infrastructure Protection (CIP) standards.

'We're gratified by Tri-State's continued confidence in our people and technology,' said Bob Yeager, president of Emerson Process Management's Power & Water Solutions. 'Receiving this additional contract energizes us to continue to do our best work, deliver great value and exceed Tri-State's expectations.'

The Ovation systems will be installed during three successive spring outages, beginning in 2015.
About Emerson Process Management

Emerson Process Management, an Emerson business, is a leader in helping businesses automate their production, processing and distribution in the chemical, oil and gas, refining, pulp and paper, power, water and wastewater treatment, mining and metals, food and beverage, life sciences and other industries. The company combines superior products and technology with industry-specific engineering, consulting, project management and maintenance services. Its brands include PlantWeb', Syncade', DeltaV', Fisher®, Bettis', Micro Motion®, Rosemount®, Daniel', Ovation' and AMS Suite.

About Emerson

Emerson (NYSE:EMR), based in St. Louis, Missouri (USA), is a global leader in bringing technology and engineering together to provide innovative solutions for customers in industrial, commercial, and consumer markets around the world. The company is comprised of five business segments: Process Management, Industrial Automation, Network Power, Climate Technologies, and Commercial & Residential Solutions. Sales in fiscal 2013 were $24.7 billion.

Ovation, SureService, SmartProcess, PlantWeb, Syncade, Fisher, Micro Motion, Rosemount, Daniel and DeltaV are marks owned by one of the Emerson Process Management legal entities. Other marks are the property of their respective owners.

For more information:

Tel: 402-695-2662

Lisa Eisenbrey
Emerson Process Management
Tel: 1 (512) 834-7106
E-mail: Lisa.Eisenbrey@Emerson.com

Pattie Sullivan
Tel: 1 (412) 456-4706
E-mail: Pattie.Sullivan@havasww.com

Amy Schlemmer, Emerson Process Management
Power & Water Solutions
Tel: 1 (412) 963-4912
E-mail: Amy.Schlemmer@Emerson.com

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