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US companies sign natural gas technology pact

07th June 2012

Westport and Caterpillar enter into agreements to co-develop natural gas technology for off-road equipment

The companies will use Caterpillar's off-road engine and machine product technology to develop the natural gas fuel system

US natural gas engine provider Westport Innovations Inc WPRT, has signed agreements with Caterpillar Inc CAT to co-develop natural gas technology for off-road equipment, including mining trucks and locomotives.
 
Under the agreements, financial details of which were not available, Caterpillar and Westport will combine technologies and expertise, including Westport High Pressure Direct Injection (HPDI) technology and Caterpillar's off-road engine and machine product technology, to develop the natural gas fuel system. Caterpillar will fund the development programme. When the products go to market, Westport expects to participate in the supply of key components.
 
The agreements will initially focus on engines used in mining trucks and locomotives, however the companies will also develop natural gas technology for Caterpillar's off-road engines, which are used in a variety of electric power, industrial, machine, marine and petroleum applications worldwide.
 
Development programmes will start immediately for both new and existing engines, combustion technology and fuel systems. Commercial production is expected to begin in about five years.
 
Caterpillar is a manufacturer of construction and mining equipment, diesel and natural gas engines, industrial gas turbines and diesel-electric locomotives.

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