Petro-Canada & City of Edmonton Innovative Partnership Saves Canada's Natural Resources; Addresses Growing Industrial Demands

    GE Awards Partnership With ecomagination Leadership Award

Process Technologies, a unit of General Electric Company (NYSE:  GE), awarded
Petro-Canada, one of Canada's largest oil and gas companies, and the City of
Edmonton today with Canada's first 2007 Global ecomagination Leadership Award
for its ground-breaking partnership, which implemented an
environmentally-sustainable water management solution for the region. The
private-public partnership, a first-of-its-kind in Canada, saved over
2,650,000 cubic meters (700,000,000 US gallons) of fresh water while
significantly reducing the amount of wastewater discharged into Alberta's
North Saskatchewan River.

    "Petro-Canada and the City of Edmonton partnership is a great example of
how private and public entities can mutually balance environmental goals with
economic and industry objectives," said Jeff Garwood, president and CEO, GE
Water & Process Technologies. "This pioneering partnership is making a
positive difference for business and for Edmonton's environment. We applaud
Petro-Canada and the City of Edmonton for their leadership and environmentally
sensible approach to growth."

    One of the largest refineries in Canada, the Edmonton facility refines
approximately 135,000 barrels of crude oil per day. In 2002, the facility
began to make modifications to meet recently enacted initiatives by the
Alberta government to balance the growing demand for water and increases in
growth. Rather than increase its freshwater withdrawals from the North
Saskatchewan River, Petro-Canada partnered with the City of Edmonton to
implement a solution that was environmentally sustainable, economically viable
and capable of meeting current and future regulations.

    "There is more demand than ever for clean water in the Edmonton region
and this is the first time in Alberta that high quality recycled water is
being provided to industry as an alternative to river water," said Edmonton
Mayor Stephen Mandel. "Edmonton has long recognized the benefits that partners
bring to the table in meeting environmental challenges. This project is a
critical part of EcoVision Edmonton(R), the City's commitment to ensure the
environment is protected for generations to come."

    Petro-Canada financed the construction of a tertiary membrane filtration
facility at Edmonton's Gold Bar Wastewater Treatment Plant (WWPT), located on
the North Saskatchewan River and also constructed a 5.5 km (3.4 mile) pipeline
to carry treated wastewater from the treatment plant to the refinery site. The
City of Edmonton handled the design, construction and operation of the
tertiary membrane filtration facility.

    "This project is an example of the three principles that guide
Petro-Canada's approach to water use: conservation, protection and recycling,"
said Giorgio Grappolini, Petro-Canada's Senior Advisor Infrastructure
Development for the oil sands. "Our partnership with the City of Edmonton
reflects the commitment to responsible resource management that both the City
of Edmonton and Petro-Canada strive for."

    The partnership's solution increased Petro-Canada's water supplies, as
well as reduced the industrial site's overall environmental footprint. The
project was Canada's first major industrial development to use the combination
of hollow fiber ultrafiltration (UF) and spiral wound Reverse Osmosis (RO)
membranes for municipal wastewater recycling. The new system utilizes GE's
ZeeWeed UF membranes to treat the wastewater effluent from Gold Bar WWTP to
bring high-quality industrial water to Petro-Canada's facility. Petro-Canada's
hydrogen and steam supplier is also installing two GE PRO series RO systems to
further meet Petro-Canada's production needs. The new systems are scheduled to
begin service in early 2008.

    For more information on the GE ecomagination Leadership Award and GE
ecomagination technology, please visit

    About GE Water & Process Technologies

    GE Water & Process Technologies, a unit of General Electric Company, is
solving some of the world's most pressing water challenges by providing
industrial, agricultural, potable water, and wastewater solutions that lessen
the overall dependence on our world's fresh water sources. Technologies to
accomplish this include: advanced membrane-based separation solutions,
specialty chemicals for water and process applications, thermal separation
equipment, mobile water and advanced instrumentation and controls. As the
global leader in membrane technology, seawater desalination projects, and
water reuse, GE delivers water sustainability solutions through a variety of
delivery models, including Build-Own-Operate and partnerships involving
structured financing. GE delivers value to customers by improving performance
and product quality, reducing operating costs and extending equipment life.
For more information on GE Water & Process Technologies, visit

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