May 30, 2005

Photon Control demonstrates new sulfur detection system

BURNABY, BC-A demonstration by Photon Control, of Burnaby, of its new optical sulfur detector generated considerable interest at a meeting of the Oil Pipeline Association of America in Dallas, Texas earlier this month. The U.S. oil and gas industry is under pressure to find new, faster, more accurate ways to measure total sulfur in ultra-light diesel fuel. A U.S. Environmental Protection Agency regulation coming into effect in June 2006 will significantly reduce the allowable amount of sulfur in transportation diesel fuel. This has opened a new market for Photon as the industry searches for new measurement solutions to meet the much tougher standards. The demonstrated prototype is the first of a number of devices being developed by Photon to analyze the composition of materials. Following up on the presentation in Dallas, the company has been invited to conduct field trials with pipeline operators in Canada and the U.S. later this year, and was also invited to present the prototype at the annual equipment show of the Association of Independent Liquid Terminal Operators next week in Houston, Texas. Photon plans to have the optical sulfur detection system ready for commercial production in time to meet the June 2006 U.S. regulatory deadline. More information is available from Lauren Blair at Photon, 604/422-8861, E-mail, Web site

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