~ Westport Launches a New Product to Serve Natural Gas Needs of the
North American Railroad Market ~
June 5, 2013 /PRNewswire/ - Westport Innovations Inc.
(TSX:WPT/NASDAQ:WPRT), today announced the launch of a liquefied
natural gas (LNG) tender product solution with an order for four
tenders from Canadian National Railway (CN) (TSX:CNR) (NYSE:CNI). The
first tender to supply fuel to an adjacent natural-gas powered
locomotive will be delivered in the fourth quarter of 2013.
"There is growing consensus around the enormous potential of using LNG
as a fuel for locomotives and there is a clear path for the industry to
achieve this shift to a cleaner, cheaper and domestically available
Nicholas Sonntag, Executive Vice-President at
"The Westport LNG Tender leverages our substantial expertise in LNG
storage, cryogenic systems, and natural gas fuel delivery for mobile
applications to create a product that will immediately help railroads
to validate the value of LNG in their operations today, with a built-in
upgrade pathway to the next-generation locomotives coming over the next
Putting the LNG on a Westport LNG Tender, rather than simply replacing
the diesel fuel tanks on existing locomotives, offers a number of
More than 10,000 gallons LNG capacity - provides longer range than a
diesel locomotive, reducing the need for LNG refuelling infrastructure
and refuelling stops
Intelligent fueling controls will allow tenders to supply fuel to
natural gas locomotives from virtually any manufacturer, reducing
operational complexity and investment in different proprietary fuel
Each tender can support two locomotives, reducing the capital investment
required to move to LNG
Utilizes an industry standard vehicle design and 40' LNG ISO tank, which
minimizes cost and will allow production volumes to be rapidly
increased as the industry migrates to LNG
"CN is testing natural gas locomotives and
providing LNG solutions for transportation makes it the natural partner
for us," said Gerry Weber, CN Vice-President Supply, Fleet and Fuel
Management. "These tenders will be used immediately with our dual fuel
locomotives in mainline service, allowing CN to continue to explore
this technology as a means to advance the company's sustainability
agenda and improve environmental emissions."
is collaborating with INOXCVA, a leading manufacturer of
cryogenic transportation equipment, on these tenders.
INOXCVA have entered into an agreement for cryogenic systems to be able
to rapidly meet the near-term demand in the rail industry.
has also been collaborating with Caterpillar Inc. (NYSE:CAT)
to co-develop natural gas technology for Caterpillar
products, including the next generation of locomotives. The first
high pressure direct injection (HPDI) locomotive will be demonstrated
in 2014 through a consortium program funded by Sustainable Technology
Development Canada in partnership with Canadian National Railway,
Electro-Motive Diesel (EMD, a subsidiary of Progress Rail Services, a
Caterpillar company), and
. Caterpillar and
combining technologies and expertise, including Westport™ HPDI
technology and Caterpillar's industry leading off-road engine and
machine product technology, to develop these new natural gas products.
Commercial production of HPDI locomotives by EMD is expected in 2017.
CN is a true backbone of the economy, transporting approximately
worth of goods annually for a wide range of business sectors,
ranging from resource products to manufactured products to consumer
goods, across a rail network spanning
and mid-America, from the
Atlantic and Pacific oceans to the
Gulf of Mexico
. CN - Canadian
National Railway Company, along with its operating railway subsidiaries
-- serves the ports of
Prince Rupert, B.C.
, and the metropolitan areas of
connections to all points in
. For more information on CN,
visit the company's website at
About Westport Innovations Inc.
Westport Innovations Inc. is a leading global supplier of proprietary
solutions that allow engines to operate on clean-burning fuels such as
compressed natural gas (CNG), liquefied natural gas (LNG), hydrogen,
and renewable natural gas (RNG) fuels such as landfill gas and help
reduce greenhouse gas emissions (GHG).
advanced LNG fueling systems with direct injection natural gas engine
technology for heavy-duty vehicles such as highway trucks and off-road
applications such as mining and rail.
joint venture with
Cummins Inc., Cummins Westport Inc. designs, engineers and markets
spark-ignited natural gas engines for North American transportation
applications such as trucks and buses.
is also one of the
global leaders for natural gas and liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) fuel
systems technology, design, and components in passenger cars,
light-duty trucks and industrial applications such as forklifts. To
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Note: This document contains forward-looking statements about
business, operations, technology development or the environment in
which it operates, which are based on
Westport's estimates, forecasts
and projections. These statements include specifically, statements
regarding the timing for delivery of the referenced tenders, and
commercial production of HPDI locomotives by EMD. These statements are
not guarantees of future performance, are based on a number of
assumptions and involve known and unknown risks and uncertainties that
are difficult to predict, or are beyond
Westport's control including
the development of competing products and technologies, availability
and supply of natural gas, price and supply of gasoline, timing of
execution of agreements with distributors and other counterparties, and
other risk factors and assumptions that may affect our actual results,
performance or achievements. Consequently, readers should not place any
undue reliance on such forward-looking statements. In addition, these
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