EnCana and SDTC Support Field Trials for NxtGen Product
VANCOUVER, March 14 /CNW/ - Officials from the Government of Canada,
EnCana Corporation (TSX, NYSE: ECA) and Sustainable Development Technology
Canada (SDTC) announced today they are committing $5.5 million in financing to
a NxtGen Emission Controls project which demonstrates an innovative diesel
emission reduction system. NxtGen's syngas technology will assist diesel
trucks in complying with stringent global emission reduction regulations and
has the potential to enable manufacturers to increase fuel economy. When
retrofitted onto existing trucks, NxtGen's system is expected to reduce
particulate emissions by 85 percent and nitrogen oxide (NOx) emissions by 65
percent. This new technology for diesel trucks is similar to catalytic
converters for gasoline vehicles.
"This technology is an example of the kind of forward thinking that will
help ensure Canada remains at the forefront of clean technologies that will
reduce air pollution and our greenhouse gas emissions," said the Honourable
Gary Lunn, Minister of Natural Resources. "The partnership we see here is a
great example of how our Government is encouraging innovation, making sure
Canadians have the opportunity to enjoy the full environmental and economic
benefits of these technologies."
The project supported by EnCana and SDTC involves field trials of
NxtGen's diesel emission reduction technology on medium and heavy duty trucks.
The systems are being retrofitted onto 12 trucks in three fleets across
Canada, including three heavy duty trucks owned by Mullen Trucking LP, one of
EnCana's key transportation providers in Alberta.
"NxtGen looks forward to working with EnCana and SDTC as we put our
diesel emission control technology to the test in real world operations," says
Jeremy Holt, NxtGen Emission Controls President and CEO. "The support provided
by EnCana and SDTC comes at a pivotal time for NxtGen. The field trials will
enable us to demonstrate the effectiveness and reliability of NxtGen's syngas
emission reduction system for diesel trucks."
The system is being developed during a two-year, $12.4 million program.
EnCana is contributing to the project through its Environmental Innovation
Fund. The fund supports the development, demonstration and, ultimately, the
commercialization of innovative, clean-energy technologies that relate to the
"EnCana is pleased to support NxtGen in its mission to bring to market
this new technology which has the potential to improve fuel economy while
helping diesel trucks meet stricter global emission requirements," says Gerry
Protti, EnCana Executive Vice-President of Corporate Relations. "Our
Environmental Innovation Fund is available for projects which benefit the
environment, the energy sector and consumers."
Sustainable Development Technology Canada is contributing $2.5 million to
the project through its SD Tech Fund. The $550 million fund supports the
development and demonstration of innovative technological solutions that
address climate change, air quality, clean water and clean soil.
"Emissions from the transportation sector are major contributors to
climate change and poor air quality," says Vicky J. Sharpe, President and CEO
of SDTC. "The technology NxtGen is demonstrating has the potential to reduce
emissions while also increasing efficiency and reducing costs. Should the
NxtGen project be successful, it will be an important step forward for the
transportation sector in Canada and around the world."
NxtGen Emission Controls
NxtGen Emission Controls, Inc. is an emerging supplier of syngas emission
control systems to the diesel engine industry for both retrofit and original
equipment applications. NxtGen's syngas systems reduce particulate, NOx and
CO(2) emissions from diesel engines and are expected to enable engine
manufacturers to increase fuel economy. The company was founded in 2004 and is
privately held by its employees, management and institutional investors.
NxtGen's head office is in Burnaby, B.C.
With an enterprise value of approximately US$65 billion, EnCana is a
leading North American unconventional natural gas and integrated oil company.
By partnering with employees, community organizations and other businesses,
EnCana contributes to the strength and sustainability of the communities where
it operates. EnCana common shares trade on the Toronto and New York stock
exchanges under the symbol ECA.
Sustainable Development Technology Canada
SDTC is an arm's-length foundation which has received $1.05 billion from
the Government of Canada as part of its commitment to create a healthy
environment and a high quality of life for all Canadians. SDTC operates two
funds aimed at the development and demonstration of innovative technological
solutions. The $550 million SD Tech Fund(TM) supports projects that address
climate change, air quality, clean water, and clean soil. The $500 million
NextGen Biofuels Fund(TM) supports the establishment of first-of-kind large
demonstration-scale facilities for the production of next-generation renewable
fuels. SDTC operates as a not-for-profit corporation and has been working with
the public and private sector including industry, academia, non-governmental
organizations (NGOs), the financial community and all levels of government to
achieve this mandate.
For further information:
For further information: NxtGen: Brian Kahnert, VP Marketing and
Government Relations, Office (604) 688-7841 ext 105; SDTC: Patrice Breton,
Director of Communications, Cell (613) 292-5029, Office (613) 234-6313 ext.
295; EnCana: Rhona DelFrari, Media Relations Advisor, Cell (403) 472-8828,
Office (403) 645-4740; Natural Resources Canada: Louise Girouard, Director of
Communications, Office of the Minister, Natural Resources Canada, Office (613)