Nebraska City Utilities Select Elster's Q.Sonic Plus Meters For Power Plant Conversion

-- First North American Deployment of Industry-Leading Ultrasonic Gas Meters --

Jul 12, 2012, 07:00 ET from Elster

RALEIGH, N.C., July 12, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Elster (NYSE: ELT) today announced that Nebraska City Utilities, a not-for-profit, publicly-owned electric utility providing natural gas, water and sanitary sewer services, selected Elster's Q.Sonic Plus meters for its natural gas transmission main extension and service line to the Omaha Public Power District's (OPPD) power plant.  The gas transmission main extension will also serve gas to areas south and west of Nebraska City.


OPPD's plant will utilize natural gas for the igniters at the plant.  The natural gas will be used instead of fuel oil when pressure and capacities are available on the natural gas transmission main.

Elster's Q.Sonic Plus meters deliver industry-leading diagnostic analysis and path configuration technology for enhanced performance and accuracy. The Q.Sonic Plus features several highly-engineered capabilities that provide comprehensive measurement of gas flow.

With the capability to operate in both upstream and downstream environments and a patented six-path (16 measurement chords) configuration technology, the Q.Sonic Plus provides the most advanced and precise gas flow measurement.

"With the transition to natural gas, we selected Elster for its proven performance in advanced measurement and diagnostic capabilities," said Tom Liesemeyer, Gas Superintendent, Nebraska City Utilities.

"Elster's Q.Sonic Plus meters will allow us to more precisely monitor gas flow and give us the ability to bill customers appropriately and accurately," Liesemeyer added.

"Elster is committed to meeting the rising demands of the natural gas industry, for both utilization and power generation," said Roy Sutterfield, president, Elster Gas North America.

"The Q.Sonic Plus ultrasonic technology offers an integrated system with greater processing power that yields greater measurement certainty. With high reliability, performance and accuracy, Elster enables utilities like Nebraska City to achieve the most accurate flow readings for improved efficiency," Sutterfield added.

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