Foxboro/Invensys awarded automation contract for RS Cogen project in Louisiana

FOXBORO, Mass., Aug. 6, 2001 — BVZ Power Partners-Riverside has awarded Foxboro, a unit of Invensys Process Systems, with a major automation contract for the RS Cogen, LLC Riverside cogeneration plant in Lake Charles, Louisiana.

When completed in late 2002, the natural-gas-fired combined cycle plant will generate 425 megawatts of electricity plus process steam. The plant will utilize two Siemens-Westinghouse 501F combustion turbines with Nooter Eriksen heat recovery steam generators (HRSGs) and one Alstom Power steam turbine generator.

Foxboro’s scope of supply includes a fully applied I/A Series control and data acquisition system, intelligent field instrumentation, and interfaces to a variety of third-party subsystems.

RS Cogen is a 50/50 joint venture of PPG Industries and Entergy Wholesale Operations, the non-utility power development, marketing, and trading business unit of Entergy Corp.

PPG, founded in 1883, is the world’s maker of transportation coatings and a major global supplier of packaging and industrial coatings, fabricated glass, continuous-strand fiber glass, and industrial and specialty chemicals, as well as a North American supplier of decorative and maintenance coatings.

With sales in 2000 of US$8.6 billion, it has about 120 manufacturing locations in 23 countries. Part of the output of RS Cogen’s Lake Charles cogeneration unit will supply electricity and steam to PPG’s chemical complex there, the company’s largest.

Entergy Wholesale Operations (EWO) is headquartered in The Woodlands, Texas, and has development and marketing offices in London, Madrid, Milan, and Sofia, Bulgaria. EWO has approximately 10,000 megawatts of net capacity in operation, under construction or in advanced development in North America and Western Europe. In addition, EWO has over 10,000 megawatts under various stages of preliminary development.

Entergy Corp. owns, manages, or invests in power plants generating more than 30-thousand megawatts of electricity domestically and internationally and delivers electricity to about 2.5 million customers in portions of Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, and Texas. Entergy is a major global energy company engaged in power production, distribution operations, and related diversified services, with more than 12,000 employees. It also is a provider of wholesale energy marketing and trading services. The Entergy futures contract on the New York Mercantile Exchange (NYMEX) is one of the largest electricity trading points in the United States.

BVZ Power Partners – Riverside is a Texas Joint Venture between Black & Veatch (Kansas City, Missouri) and H.B. Zachry (San Antonio, Texas).

Foxboro ( is part of the US-based Invensys Process Systems unit of Invensys plc. Invensys Process Systems’ automation solutions provide measurable performance improvements across a broad spectrum of customer industries. Invensys Process Systems includes focused business units such as Invensys Performance Solutions, plus well-known brand names such as APV, Esscor, Foxboro, Simulation Sciences, Triconex, and Walsh Automation.

Invensys plc ( is a global leader in the Automation and Controls industry. With its head office in London, England it operates in all regions of the world through four focused divisions – Software Systems, Automation Systems, Power Systems and Control Systems. With over 80,000 employees, the company’s products and services range from advanced control systems and networks for automating industrial plants and controlling the environments of buildings, to electronic devices and controls found in residential buildings and light commercial applications, plus complete power systems for the telecommunications and information technology industries.

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