Grande Prairie to be first Canadian customer for Cummins-Westport 1.5 megawatt natural gas generator

Apr 27, 2001, 01:00 ET from Westport Innovations Inc.

    VANCOUVER, BC and COLUMBUS, IN, April 27 /PRNewswire/ - Westport
 Innovations Inc. (WPT:TSE) of Vancouver, British Columbia announced today that
 the City of Grande Prairie, Alberta will be the first Canadian customer for a
 1.5 megawatt low-emissions, natural gas power generator from Westport's joint
 venture with Cummins Inc. of Columbus, Indiana.
     Grande Prairie, considered a model Canadian city for its leading-edge
 environmental initiatives in recycling, conservation and pollution reduction,
 will use the generator to provide power for the city's water/wastewater
 treatment facilities. The generator will also be connected to the provincial
 electricity grid so that any excess capacity can be exported to the operator
 of the provincial electricity market, the Power Pool of Alberta. A 1.5
 megawatt generator can provide enough power for 1,500 homes.
     "The high efficiency of the Cummins-Westport generator means we save
 money compared with buying electricity from the grid," said Grande Prairie
 Mayor John Boyle. "In addition, we produce revenue for the city by selling the
 power we don't need, and we improve our local environment because the Cummins-
 Westport natural gas generator is so clean."
     Guff Muench, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Cummins-
 Westport joint venture, said "Grande Prairie, with its access to abundant
 natural gas and a need for low-cost power, is the type of customer that can
 benefit from the unique emissions and performance characteristics of our power
 generator."
     David Demers, President and Chief Executive Officer of Westport, added
 "Industry research indicates that global demand for on-site, or distributed,
 power generation using units of two megawatts or less is likely to increase
 from 16,000 megawatts in 2000 to 130,000 megawatts in 2015. The Cummins-
 Westport natural gas power generator is well-positioned to compete in this
 market."
     The planned Grande Prairie generator includes a Cummins QSK 60-litre
 engine equipped with a Westport(TM) patented natural gas fuel system. The
 joint venture expects to install the generator by year-end and Grande Prairie
 has agreed to run it for a minimum of 6,000 hours during its first year on a
 field-trial basis.
 
     Cummins is the world's largest producer of commercial diesel engines
 above 50 horsepower. Westport is a leading developer of natural gas fuel
 systems for diesel engines. The two companies established a joint venture in
 March, 2001 to advance alternative fuel engine technology.
 
     Note: This news release contains forward-looking statements about
 Westport's plans for its technology based on the current expectations of
 management. Westport cautions 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 27 /PRNewswire/ - Westport
 Innovations Inc. (WPT:TSE) of Vancouver, British Columbia announced today that
 the City of Grande Prairie, Alberta will be the first Canadian customer for a
 1.5 megawatt low-emissions, natural gas power generator from Westport's joint
 venture with Cummins Inc. of Columbus, Indiana.
     Grande Prairie, considered a model Canadian city for its leading-edge
 environmental initiatives in recycling, conservation and pollution reduction,
 will use the generator to provide power for the city's water/wastewater
 treatment facilities. The generator will also be connected to the provincial
 electricity grid so that any excess capacity can be exported to the operator
 of the provincial electricity market, the Power Pool of Alberta. A 1.5
 megawatt generator can provide enough power for 1,500 homes.
     "The high efficiency of the Cummins-Westport generator means we save
 money compared with buying electricity from the grid," said Grande Prairie
 Mayor John Boyle. "In addition, we produce revenue for the city by selling the
 power we don't need, and we improve our local environment because the Cummins-
 Westport natural gas generator is so clean."
     Guff Muench, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Cummins-
 Westport joint venture, said "Grande Prairie, with its access to abundant
 natural gas and a need for low-cost power, is the type of customer that can
 benefit from the unique emissions and performance characteristics of our power
 generator."
     David Demers, President and Chief Executive Officer of Westport, added
 "Industry research indicates that global demand for on-site, or distributed,
 power generation using units of two megawatts or less is likely to increase
 from 16,000 megawatts in 2000 to 130,000 megawatts in 2015. The Cummins-
 Westport natural gas power generator is well-positioned to compete in this
 market."
     The planned Grande Prairie generator includes a Cummins QSK 60-litre
 engine equipped with a Westport(TM) patented natural gas fuel system. The
 joint venture expects to install the generator by year-end and Grande Prairie
 has agreed to run it for a minimum of 6,000 hours during its first year on a
 field-trial basis.
 
     Cummins is the world's largest producer of commercial diesel engines
 above 50 horsepower. Westport is a leading developer of natural gas fuel
 systems for diesel engines. The two companies established a joint venture in
 March, 2001 to advance alternative fuel engine technology.
 
     Note: This news release contains forward-looking statements about
 Westport's plans for its technology based on the current expectations of
 management. Westport cautions investors that due to risks and uncertainties,
 actual events may differ materially from current expectations.
 
 SOURCE Westport Innovations Inc.