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Company gets EPA approval for gas-conversion technology

By Bob Downing Published: January 22, 2013

A press release received today from Omnitek Engineering.

 

SAN MARCOS, Calif., Jan. 22, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Omnitek

Engineering Corporation (OTCBB:OMTK) today announced the U.S.

Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has approved the company's

submission for its diesel-to-natural gas conversion technology for the

widely operated line of heavy-duty Navistar DT466E and DT530E engines

under specific and rigorous criteria related to the agency's Outside

Useful Life definition.

The Navistar DT466E and DT530E engines were produced in 130 different

configurations from 1996 through 2003, representing an estimated

addressable market of 1.5 million potential conversions. Industry

sources estimate the total number of heavy-duty diesel trucks in the

USA exceeds eight million and the large majority of these trucks could

benefit from Omnitek's patented technology.

"Approval of our technology by the EPA represents a significant

milestone for the company and we anticipate tremendous domestic demand

to convert diesel truck and bus engines to operate on liquefied natural

gas (LNG), compressed natural gas (CNG) or renewable biogas," said

Werner Funk, president and chief executive officer of Omnitek

Engineering.

He noted that Omnitek's technology has been utilized outside the United

States since 2001, with more than 5,000 engine conversions currently in

operation.

"During the 20-year life span of diesel engines, routine overhauls are

required and service budgets established in advance. By converting

these diesel engines to operate on natural gas during a routine engine

overhaul, truck operators can realize a significant return on

investment, with much lower fuel costs and cleaner combustion," Funk

said. He emphasized the cost benefits of conversions versus new engine

replacement, as well as the limited availability of new natural gas

truck and bus engines to meet pent-up and future demand.

"We are continuing to focus on appointing dealers and authorized

installers to support anticipated demand for conversions, and look

forward to significant domestic growth from the build-out of our

domestic conversion centers across the United States," Funk said.

He added that the company expects to obtain EPA approval for other

diesel engine models to address the anticipated increasing demand from

trucking fleets that operate with other diesel engine models.

About Omnitek Engineering Corporation

Omnitek Engineering Corp. develops and sells proprietary

diesel-to-natural gas conversion systems and complementary products,

including new natural gas engines that utilize the company's technology

-- providing global customers with innovative alternative energy and

emissions control solutions that are sustainable and affordable.

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