Cummins-Westport joint venture announces Anaheim Public Utilities as first customer for 1.5 megawatt natural gas generator

Apr 25, 2001, 01:00 ET from Westport Innovations Inc.

    VANCOUVER, BC and COLUMBUS, IN, April 25 /PRNewswire/ - Cummins Inc.
 (NYSE:  CUM) of Columbus, Indiana and Westport Innovations Inc. (TSE:WPT) of
 Vancouver, British Columbia announced today that the City of Anaheim Public
 Utilities Department in California is the first field trial customer for their
 joint venture's 1.5 megawatt, low-emissions natural gas power generator.
     The power generator is scheduled to be installed at the Anaheim
 Convention Center and will include a Cummins QSK 60-litre engine equipped with
 a Westport(TM) patented natural gas fuel system. This low-emissions system
 will also incorporate aftertreatment and emissions measuring equipment to
 comply with requirements of the South Coast Air Quality Management District.
 The unit will be capable of being remotely monitored and controlled by
 Anaheim's utility engineers.
     Anaheim Public Utilities serves more than 328,000 city residents and
 businesses, including Disneyland and the Anaheim Angels and Mighty Ducks
 sports complexes. Anaheim will use the Cummins-Westport power generator when
 operating costs are lower than those from other available sources. The unit is
 expected to reduce, shorten or eliminate the curtailment of electricity to
 Anaheim customers during California Stage 3 emergency blackouts, declared when
 the state's electric reserves fall below 1.5 percent.
     "The Cummins-Westport generator provides much-needed electricity that
 meets environmental regulations and during peak periods can produce power for
 less than the market cost of power," said Marcie Edwards, Public Utilities
 General Manager for Anaheim. "The use of such onsite generators enables us to
 respond to customer needs while reducing California's system demand and
 improving the reliability of the entire grid infrastructure."
     Subject to the cost of fuel, and assuming up to 4,000 hours of operation,
 the city estimates an operating cost between US$74 and US$106 per megawatt
 hour for the Cummins-Westport generator, compared with recent market power
 costs that have reached US$250 per megawatt hour or more from other sources.
     Guff Muench, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Cummins-
 Westport joint venture, said, "There is undoubtedly strong worldwide demand
 for a low-emissions, high efficiency distributed power plant, and the Cummins-
 Westport joint venture is working hard to meet the demand as quickly as
 possible."
     Jack Edwards, Cummins Executive Vice President and Group President -
 Power Generation, added "This project will demonstrate for the first time in
 the U.S. that a natural gas power generator can retain the fuel economy and
 performance of a diesel-fueled engine, while delivering the environmental
 benefits of natural gas. Generators like this can significantly improve
 California's electricity supply because they can meet local emissions
 standards while operating for thousands of hours annually."
     Westport is testing a 1.5 megawatt natural gas power generator at its
 Vancouver headquarters. The Anaheim delivery is expected to be the first of
 several field trials scheduled for the second half of 2001.
 
     Note: This news release contains forward-looking statements about Cummins
 and Westport business and technology development plans based on the current
 expectations of management of both companies. Cummins and Westport caution
 investors that due to risks and uncertainties, actual events may differ
 materially from current expectations.
 
 

SOURCE Westport Innovations Inc.
    VANCOUVER, BC and COLUMBUS, IN, April 25 /PRNewswire/ - Cummins Inc.
 (NYSE:  CUM) of Columbus, Indiana and Westport Innovations Inc. (TSE:WPT) of
 Vancouver, British Columbia announced today that the City of Anaheim Public
 Utilities Department in California is the first field trial customer for their
 joint venture's 1.5 megawatt, low-emissions natural gas power generator.
     The power generator is scheduled to be installed at the Anaheim
 Convention Center and will include a Cummins QSK 60-litre engine equipped with
 a Westport(TM) patented natural gas fuel system. This low-emissions system
 will also incorporate aftertreatment and emissions measuring equipment to
 comply with requirements of the South Coast Air Quality Management District.
 The unit will be capable of being remotely monitored and controlled by
 Anaheim's utility engineers.
     Anaheim Public Utilities serves more than 328,000 city residents and
 businesses, including Disneyland and the Anaheim Angels and Mighty Ducks
 sports complexes. Anaheim will use the Cummins-Westport power generator when
 operating costs are lower than those from other available sources. The unit is
 expected to reduce, shorten or eliminate the curtailment of electricity to
 Anaheim customers during California Stage 3 emergency blackouts, declared when
 the state's electric reserves fall below 1.5 percent.
     "The Cummins-Westport generator provides much-needed electricity that
 meets environmental regulations and during peak periods can produce power for
 less than the market cost of power," said Marcie Edwards, Public Utilities
 General Manager for Anaheim. "The use of such onsite generators enables us to
 respond to customer needs while reducing California's system demand and
 improving the reliability of the entire grid infrastructure."
     Subject to the cost of fuel, and assuming up to 4,000 hours of operation,
 the city estimates an operating cost between US$74 and US$106 per megawatt
 hour for the Cummins-Westport generator, compared with recent market power
 costs that have reached US$250 per megawatt hour or more from other sources.
     Guff Muench, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Cummins-
 Westport joint venture, said, "There is undoubtedly strong worldwide demand
 for a low-emissions, high efficiency distributed power plant, and the Cummins-
 Westport joint venture is working hard to meet the demand as quickly as
 possible."
     Jack Edwards, Cummins Executive Vice President and Group President -
 Power Generation, added "This project will demonstrate for the first time in
 the U.S. that a natural gas power generator can retain the fuel economy and
 performance of a diesel-fueled engine, while delivering the environmental
 benefits of natural gas. Generators like this can significantly improve
 California's electricity supply because they can meet local emissions
 standards while operating for thousands of hours annually."
     Westport is testing a 1.5 megawatt natural gas power generator at its
 Vancouver headquarters. The Anaheim delivery is expected to be the first of
 several field trials scheduled for the second half of 2001.
 
     Note: This news release contains forward-looking statements about Cummins
 and Westport business and technology development plans based on the current
 expectations of management of both companies. Cummins and Westport caution
 investors that due to risks and uncertainties, actual events may differ
 materially from current expectations.
 
 SOURCE Westport Innovations Inc.