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Omnitek Engineering enters into agreement with refuse collection company to convert diesel engines to natural gas

Omnitek Engineering Corporation has entered into an agreement with a leading refuse collection company to convert 21 diesel-powered refuse collection trucks to operate on compressed natural gas under an Experimental Permit issued by the California Air Resources Board (ARB) to validate the durability of components and collect performance and emissions data. Terms were not disclosed.

The Experimental Permit pilot program is intended to provide empirical data and accelerate certification by the ARB and the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

Werner Funk, president and chief executive officer of Omnitek Engineering, noted this customer’s nationwide commitment to convert all of its more than 18,000 refuse collection trucks to operate on natural gas through a multi-year program comprised of diesel engine conversions and the purchase of new natural gas trucks.

The value proposition of Omnitek’s conversion technology is particularly appealing to fleet operators since diesel engines have an estimated life span of more than 20 years, and conversions can be completed during regularly scheduled engine overhauls at a cost significantly less than the purchase of new natural gas trucks.

—Werner Funk

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