Black & Veatch selected for NOx reduction projects for three coal-fired plants in Indiana


Kansas City, Mo., January 21, 2003 -- Black & Veatch announced Tuesday that it has been selected by VECTREN, an energy and applied technology company, to perform engineering, procurement and construction management for the addition of three selective catalytic reduction (SCR) units at three locations along the Ohio River in Indiana.

The project sites include Culley Station Unit 3, Warrick Station Unit 4 and A. B. Brown Unit 2. The SCRs are designed to reduce nitrous oxide (NOx) emissions from the plants, which will significantly improve air quality throughout the area.

The SCR technology was added to the existing infrastructure in response to the Clean Air Act Amendments and the Indiana NOx State Implementation Plan (SIP) Call legislation that require power generating facilities to decrease nitrous oxide emission levels.

"Black & Veatch recognizes the considerable value and impact these projects will have on the environment," said Black & Veatch Project Manager Jim O'Connor. "VECTREN will continue to provide safe reliable power for their customers as they reduce NOx emissions, which will result in cleaner air."

Each of the three SCR projects, with a combined capacity of approximately 880 megawatts, involves the addition of a selective catalyst reactor, an aqueous ammonia injection system and various support systems for removing NOx from the flue gas.

To successfully execute the project, an alliance has been created to integrate ownership, engineering, fabrication and construction. This has helped lower costs and will help maintain the project schedule. The alliance team consists of VECTREN, Black & Veatch, Sterling Boiler Mechanical, Industrial Contractors Inc. and Gribbins Insulation Company. Compact design, coupled with the implementation of the alliance approach, has resulted in cost-effective SCR projects.

"VECTREN's stewardship to the environment has been a constant priority," said VECTREN Director of Construction B.J. Reynolds, "With the expertise of VECTREN and Black & Veatch working together, we will be able to continue that tradition long into the future."

The final plant tie-ins and commissioning of the SCR projects will be performed in late 2003 and early 2004 to coincide with a May 31, 2004, operational requirement.

About Black & Veatch

Black & Veatch Corporation is a global engineering, construction and consulting company specializing in infrastructure development in the fields of energy, water and information.

Founded in 1915, Black & Veatch serves its clients with conceptual and preliminary engineering services, engineering design, procurement, construction, financial management, asset management, information technology, environmental, security design and consulting, and management consulting services. Headquartered in Kansas City, Mo., the employee-owned company has more than 90 offices worldwide. Black & Veatch is ranked 78th on the Forbes "500 Largest Private Companies in the U.S." listing for 2002. The company's Web site address is www.bv.com.

About VECTREN

VECTREN Corp. is an energy and applied technology holding company headquartered in Evansville, Indiana. VECTREN's energy delivery subsidiaries provide gas and/or electricity to nearly one million customers in adjoining service territories that cover nearly two-thirds of Indiana and west central Ohio.

VECTREN's non-regulated subsidiaries and affiliates currently offer energy-related products and services to customers throughout the surrounding region. These include gas marketing and related services; coal production and sales; utility infrastructure services; and broadband communication services. To learn more about VECTREN, visit www.vectren.com.

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