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Australia's Snowy Hydro Limited Selects OSI Technology for a New Advanced Generation Management System Platform

Open Systems International, Inc. (OSI) has been awarded a contract by iconic Australian company Snowy Hydro Limited (Snowy Hydro) to implement a new advanced SCADA and Generation Management system based on OSI's monarch™ (Multi-platform Open Network ARCHitecture) platform.

Snowy Hydro is an electricity generation and retailing company in Australia that owns, manages and operates a generation portfolio of over 5,645 MW that includes 4,195 megawatts from the Snowy Mountains Hydro-electric Scheme, three gas-fired power stations in New South Wales and Victoria and diesel peaking generators in South Australia.

Snowy Hydro's new OSI SCADA system will replace their present legacy ABB Network Manager Energy Management System, which has been in operation since 1996. The new system will include advanced functionality: a next-generation Graphical User Interface, Advanced Situational Awareness capability, Advanced Alarm Management, Generation Monitoring and Control functionality, OSI's advanced CHRONUS Data Historian for Operations use, extensive communications capability including an interface to the Australian Energy Market Operator (AEMO), as well as a comprehensive Operator Training Simulator for realistic hydro and electrical operation simulation. As a pioneering company, the project will include Australia's first disaster recovery system hosted using OSI's secured cloud computing capabilities.

"Technology is at the heart of Snowy Hydro's business to improve the reliability and capability of our unique assets," Snowy Hydro CEO Paul Broad said. "We are partnering with OSI to build the best solution for our business and we are excited about working with them. We look forward to implementation of the advanced SCADA/GMS solution and an ongoing relationship with OSI."

"OSI is proud to have won the trust of Snowy Hydro and we welcome them to our family of users. We are very impressed by the progressive culture of Snowy Hydro and partnership with them will allow us to explore exciting mutual synergies between our organizations. Their decision to embrace our cloud based technologies and being the first pioneers in Australia is a testament to their forward thinking culture. We are looking forward to a fast track project implementation and commissioning of a world class control system within 12 months of contract award," said Bahman Hoveida, OSI President and CEO.

Snowy Hydro (www.snowyhydro.com.au) is an end-to-end energy business' the fourth pillar in the Australian National Electricity Market. Snowy Hydro has 16 power stations, generates on average 4500 gigawatt hours per annum and has more than 5500 megawatts of generating capacity. Snowy Hydro is one of Australia's largest renewable generators and is the third largest generator by capacity and the fourth largest retailer in the National Electricity Market. Through Red Energy and Lumo Energy, Snowy Hydro has almost one million customer accounts for electricity and gas supply.

OSI (www.osii.com) provides open, state-of-the-art and high-performance automation solutions to utilities worldwide. These solutions include Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) systems, Network Management Systems (NMS), Energy Management Systems (EMS), Distribution Management Systems (DMS), Outage Management Systems (OMS), Generation Management Systems (GMS), Substation Automation Systems (SA); and Smart Grid solutions for utility operations. OSI is headquartered in Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA.

For additional information regarding this news release, please contact news@osii.com.

Front row: Bahman Hoveida (OSI President & CEO); and Paul Broad (Snowy Hydro CEO) signing the contract in Sydney

Second row: Roger Whitby (Snowy Hydro Executive Officer - Trading / Executive Sponsor SCADA Replacement Project); Dan Candotti (OSI Senior Director, Project Delivery & Professional Services); Ian Cooke (Snowy Hydro Executive Officer - Information and Control Systems); Darryl Eager (Snowy Hydro Manager Operational Technology); and David Britton (Snowy Hydro Corporate Counsel)