Westport Begins Generating Clean Electricity, Receives BC Government Funding

Apr 11, 2001, 01:00 ET from Westport Innovations Inc.

    VANCOUVER, April 11 /PRNewswire/ - Westport Innovations Inc. (WPT:TSE)
 announced today that it has begun generating clean electricity from a natural
 gas- powered generator at the company's head office in Vancouver.
     Westport also announced that the government of British Columbia has
 agreed to provide funding of approximately $550,000 to Westport in support of
 its low-emissions, natural gas power generation demonstration project.
     Under a joint venture with Cummins Inc., the world's largest manufacturer
 of commercial diesel engines above 50 horsepower, Westport is developing its
 natural gas fuel system technology for the QSK family of high-horsepower
 Cummins engines. Testing is being conducted with a QSK 60-litre engine in a
 portable, 15-metre (49-foot) trailer. This generating station has a capacity
 of 1.5 megawatts for continuous electricity production, which is enough power
 to support approximately 1,500 households.
     The government funding, from British Columbia's Green Economy Development
 Fund, will substantially offset the cost of the demonstration. The provincial
 funding is repayable over seven years through a royalty of 0.75% from revenue
 received by Westport on QSK-60 natural gas fuel systems.
     "Westport is delighted to obtain this funding support from the provincial
 government, because it will help us prove that Westport's fuel system offers a
 very attractive combination of low life-cycle costs, low emissions, high
 efficiency and high power density," said Mr. Demers.
     Part of the demonstration involves the export of power to government-
 owned B.C. Hydro, whose subsidiary, British Columbia Power Exchange Corp., is
 buying the electricity from Westport. The Cummins-Westport joint venture
 intends to follow-up the Vancouver demonstration by launching three field
 trials at customer sites outside British Columbia, starting in the second half
 of 2001.
 
     Westport is a developer of fuel systems that allow diesel engines to run
 on gaseous fuels such as natural gas. Westport technology is intended to
 reduce emissions while retaining the performance, power and fuel efficiency of
 the traditional diesel engine. Westport's strategy is to develop its natural
 gas technology through key strategic alliances with diesel engine
 manufacturers. With Cummins, Westport has been developing fuel systems for
 power generation since 1998 and for heavy-duty trucking since 1999.
 
     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, April 11 /PRNewswire/ - Westport Innovations Inc. (WPT:TSE)
 announced today that it has begun generating clean electricity from a natural
 gas- powered generator at the company's head office in Vancouver.
     Westport also announced that the government of British Columbia has
 agreed to provide funding of approximately $550,000 to Westport in support of
 its low-emissions, natural gas power generation demonstration project.
     Under a joint venture with Cummins Inc., the world's largest manufacturer
 of commercial diesel engines above 50 horsepower, Westport is developing its
 natural gas fuel system technology for the QSK family of high-horsepower
 Cummins engines. Testing is being conducted with a QSK 60-litre engine in a
 portable, 15-metre (49-foot) trailer. This generating station has a capacity
 of 1.5 megawatts for continuous electricity production, which is enough power
 to support approximately 1,500 households.
     The government funding, from British Columbia's Green Economy Development
 Fund, will substantially offset the cost of the demonstration. The provincial
 funding is repayable over seven years through a royalty of 0.75% from revenue
 received by Westport on QSK-60 natural gas fuel systems.
     "Westport is delighted to obtain this funding support from the provincial
 government, because it will help us prove that Westport's fuel system offers a
 very attractive combination of low life-cycle costs, low emissions, high
 efficiency and high power density," said Mr. Demers.
     Part of the demonstration involves the export of power to government-
 owned B.C. Hydro, whose subsidiary, British Columbia Power Exchange Corp., is
 buying the electricity from Westport. The Cummins-Westport joint venture
 intends to follow-up the Vancouver demonstration by launching three field
 trials at customer sites outside British Columbia, starting in the second half
 of 2001.
 
     Westport is a developer of fuel systems that allow diesel engines to run
 on gaseous fuels such as natural gas. Westport technology is intended to
 reduce emissions while retaining the performance, power and fuel efficiency of
 the traditional diesel engine. Westport's strategy is to develop its natural
 gas technology through key strategic alliances with diesel engine
 manufacturers. With Cummins, Westport has been developing fuel systems for
 power generation since 1998 and for heavy-duty trucking since 1999.
 
     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.