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Build your conference agenda by HHP sector or topic. Tailored educational tracks offer attendees a custom experience.

North American shale gas continues to present multiple high horsepower industry segments with the opportunity to significantly reduce fuel costs, improve environmental performance, and comply with important air quality regulations. With increasing commercial deployments and multiple pilot demonstrations and evaluations now underway, HHP Summit's agenda is designed to help attendees understand not just WHY to implement natural gas in your HHP operation, but HOW. As outlined below, breakout session tracks are tailored by HHP industry or topic (fueling, engines, case studies), allowing each attendee to tailor their experience based on their organization’s unique needs and interests.

BREAKOUT SESSIONS marine
MARINE
drilling
DRILLING
pressure pumping
PRESSURE PUMPING
rail
RAIL
miningpower generation
MINING & POWER
#1 case studies
Marine
Case Studies
engines
Drilling
Engines
fueling
Pressure Pumping
Case Studies
fueling
Rail Fuel Supply &
Tender Cars
enginesfuelingcase studies
Mining
Operations
#2 fueling
Marine
Bunkering
case studies
Drilling
Fueling
engines
Pressure Pumping
Engines
case studies
Rail
Case Studies
enginesfuelingcase studies
Off-Pipeline Industrial Power Generation
#3 engines
Marine Classification &
Vessel Equipment
fueling
Drilling
Case Studies
case studies
Pressure Pumping
Fueling
engines
Rail
Engines & Retrofits
fuelingcase studies
Virtual Pipelines


DETAILED AGENDA

Monday, October 6

MONDAY (10/6) TUESDAY (10/7) WEDNESDAY (10/8) THURSDAY (10/9)
1:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. Technical Workshop
Readying North American Ports for LNG Infrastructure Development
With swiftly approaching ECA compliance regulations, North American port authorities and HHP experts will provide essential information on codes, safety considerations, real estate requirements, permitting steps, project timelines, and more for both land-side LNG plant development and water-side delivery of LNG by bunkering barges.
2:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. Technical Workshop
LNG Plant Development: Strategy, Timeline, and Key Considerations
The creation of an LNG production facility may be the best way for HHP operations to ensure adequate fuel supply at the lowest long-term price. This workshop will examine the key steps and timelines associated with LNG plant development—from identifying and purchasing an ideal site, to permitting, construction, start-up, and operation.
 

Tuesday, October 7

MONDAY (10/6) TUESDAY (10/7) WEDNESDAY (10/8) THURSDAY (10/9)
9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. Technical Workshop
Navigating Project Development: Key End-User Considerations for HHP Project Planning & Optimization
Learn strategies to properly plan and execute your next natural gas-powered HHP project in order to deliver the fuel cost savings needed to achieve the ROI required by your company. Industry experts will advise on high-level project planning, engine and technology selection, and fuel supply logistics, as well as permitting and safety considerations for the deployment of natural gas equipment and the procurement of natural gas fuel.
11:30 a.m. - 11:40 a.m. Conference Welcome
Erik Neandross, Chief Executive Officer, Gladstein, Neandross & Associates
11:40 a.m. - 12:00 noon Opening Address Marty Durbin, President & Chief Executive Officer, America's Natural Gas Alliance
12:00 noon - 1:00 p.m. Opening Luncheon

Sponsored by GE
America's Natural Gas Alliance
1:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. Keynote Address

Tana Utley
Tana Utley
Tana Utley, Vice President, Large Power Systems, Caterpillar
1:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. Plenary Session #1
Partnerships, Investments, and Progress: Today's HHP Reality
From new LNG production plants to multi-vessel deployment projects, hundreds of millions of dollars are being invested in natural gas projects throughout North America. The excitement and enthusiasm of prior years is now being translated into real, tangible, and sizeable investments made by partners working together to advance their individual projects and the industry as a whole. Senior executives from the projects leading the natural gas HHP sector will present, together with their partners, on the criteria that made the business case to begin transitioning to natural gas, the importance of their respective strategic partnerships, and other considerations and lessons learned along the way.
  • Sam Thomas, Chairman, Chief Executive Officer & President, Chart Industries
  • Peter Tumminello, President, Sequent Energy Management
  • Peter Keller, Executive Vice President, Totem Ocean Trailer Express
  • Chad Verret, Executive Vice President Alaska & LNG Operations, Harvey Gulf
  • Eddie Green, General Manager, Shell LNG for Transport
3:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. Networking Break  

3:30 p.m. - Breakout Session #1

3:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. Breakout Session 1.1
Case Studies: LNG Vessels Hitting the Water

marine case studies
Though the abundance of domestic natural gas is a key driver for all of the HHP industries, the marine sector is seeing additional incentive in the form of fast-approaching Emission Control Area (ECA) requirements in North American and European coastal waters. As natural gas offers the most economical way to meet these standards, the past year has seen a dramatic increase in the number of marine end users evaluating and confirming plans to construct new vessels that operate partially or entirely on LNG. Various marine vessel owners and operators (i.e. end-users) will highlight the major advancements and investments being made within this sector, the partnerships that have been critical to these initiatives, expected outcomes and definitions of success, expected net cost savings, and these companies’ plans for the future.
  • Chad Verret, Executive Vice President Alaska & LNG Operations, Harvey Gulf
  • Dave Groh, Vice President, Van Enkevort Tug & Barge, with
    Pace Ralli, Co-Founder, Clean Marine Energy
  • Matt Jackson, Vice President, LNG Business Development, Crowley Maritime
  • Daniel Thorogood, Vice President, SEACOR Holdings and President, SEACOR Marine
3:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. Breakout Session 1.2
Drilling Engines & Conversion Kits: Optimizing Fuel Cost Savings

drilling engines
Drilling operations across North America continue to make the switch to natural gas powered rigs, as proven engine technology and cost savings become too enticing to ignore. Learn about the latest developments in natural gas powered technology from industry leaders, who will join us to showcase their innovative dedicated and dual fuel engine and conversion kit availability. Presenters will detail key considerations needed to maximize diesel displacement and get the most fuel cost savings in daily operations.
  • Darin Bohlmann, Marketing Representative, Caterpillar
  • Aaron Trexler, Product Line Director, GE Power & Water
  • Steven Roix, GTI Bi-Fuel Sales Manager, Altronic
  • Lyle Jensen, Chief Executive Officer & President, American Power Group
3:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. Breakout Session 1.3
Case Studies: Pressure Pumping Powered by Natural Gas

pressure pumping fueling
Gain invaluable insight from pioneering companies that have tested and operated natural gas powered pressure pumping equipment in the nation’s shale plays. End-users will share their ‘start to finish’ experience as they discuss the decision making process to identify the right technology for their project, real life operational challenges, actual fuel cost savings, and the partnerships that have led to successful projects.
  • Toby King, Manager, Engineering and Standardization, Nabors Completion & Production Service Company
  • Curtis Rueter, Manager, LNG & CNG Development, Noble Energy
  • Grant Ayo, Engineering Manager, Weatherford
3:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. Breakout Session 1.4
Rail Fueling: Tender Cars Finally Leaving the Station

rail fueling
Despite rising interest in LNG and CNG locomotives, there have been considerable obstacles to the transition of rail operations from diesel to natural gas. Regulation is struggling to catch up with the industry as these projects move forward, where standards for LNG transport has not previously existed. Those joining us for this discussion include the key industry players who are working hard to overcome these roadblocks and are proving natural gas rail viability through pilot projects. This session will highlight the progress that has been made to facilitate the shift to natural gas locomotives, as well as the work that is still necessary for the industry to advance these projects from the testing phase to fuel scale deployment. Topics will include tender car design, fueling network build out, and the establishment of safety regulations to advance the industry.
  • Nicholas Chase, Economist, Energy Information Administration
  • Brian Dracup, Senior Director of LNG Tender Program, Westport
  • Scott Nason, Product Manager - Railroad Product Group, Chart
  • Michael Iden, General Director, Car & Locomotive Engineering, Union Pacific Railroad; Chair, Association of American Railroads Natural Gas Fuel Tender Technical Advisory Group*
3:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. Breakout Session 1.5
Mining Operations: Unearthing Opportunities for Cost Savings

mining engines fueling case studies
Open pit mining operations offer tremendous opportunity to reduce fuel costs and emissions through the substitution of diesel with natural gas. This session will include engine manufacturers and fueling solution providers working to advance the use of natural gas in mine haul trucks and on-site power generation, as well as highlight end-user case studies of mining companies testing these technologies within their own operations.
  • Jeff Taylor, Senior Marketing Representative, Caterpillar
  • George Aguilera, Executive Vice President, GFS
  • Michael Walhof, Sales Director, Distributed LNG Solutions, Dresser-Rand
  • John Sagman, Senior Vice President & Chief Operating Officer, Wellgreen Platinum
5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. Expo Hall Grand Opening & Welcome Reception

Sponsored by GE
GE
 

Wednesday, October 8

MONDAY (10/6) TUESDAY (10/7) WEDNESDAY (10/8) THURSDAY (10/9)
7:30 a.m. - 8:30 a.m. Continental Breakfast in the Expo Hall  
9:00 a.m. - 9:15 a.m. Day Two Welcome Remarks
Joel Feucht, General Manager of Gas Engines, Caterpillar
9:15 a.m. - 9:45 a.m. Opening Address
Dale Nesbitt, President, ArrowHead Economics

With HHP equipment asset lives typically in the 20 to 40 year range, a fundamental question for end-users making the transition to natural gas is: what will happen to the petroleum/natural gas fuel price spread we see in the market today?  Hear from a global energy expert with 40 years of experience studying and advising on these issues. Given the already limited capacity of North American refineries, the impact of the North American ECA (which will require commercial marine vessels to switch to a refined petroleum product in 2015) on other large consumers of diesel such as the railroads, mining companies, and E&P companies will also be addressed.
9:45 a.m. - 11:15 a.m. Plenary Session #2
Navigating the Regulatory Environment for New HHP Applications
As industry is pushing ahead to take advantage of the multiple benefits provided by natural gas power for their operations, federal regulatory authorities are working hard to ensure that the proper standards are in place to govern these applications. Hear directly from leading authorities responsible for providing the codes, standards, and safety regulations governing the various rapidly developing natural gas HHP sectors. Updates will be provided on current and future standards, and strategic guidance will be offered to help navigate the regulatory compliance and approval processes while these standards are put into place.
  • Phani Raj, Office of Safety, Federal Railroad Adminstration
  • Timothy Meyers, Office of Design and Engineering Standards, US Coast Guard
  • Speaker TBA, Transport Canada, Office of Transportation of Dangerous Goods
11:15 a.m. - 11:45 a.m. Keynote Address

Lorraine Bolsinger
Lorraine Bolsinger
Lorraine Bolsinger, President & Chief Executive Officer, GE Distributed Power
12:00 noon - 2:45 p.m. Networking in the Expo Hall  

3:00 p.m. - Breakout Session #2

3:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. Breakout Session 2.1
Marine Bunkering: Fueling Solutions for Whatever Floats Your Boat

marine fueling
As natural gas for domestic marine operations becomes a closer reality, various strategies have emerged to supply LNG to these vessels. Session participants will discuss the various options, including dock-side fueling via tanker truck, bunker barge delivery, direct loading from a dock-side LNG plant, or other similar strategies. Panelists will help attendees navigate LNG production, fuel sourcing and delivery, regulatory and safety requirements, and other key considerations in the development of a natural gas fueling plan.
  • David Schultz, Senior Vice President, LNG America
  • Clay Riding, Director, Natural Gas Resources, Puget Sound Energy
  • Speaker TBA, Shell
  • Michael Sparks, Project Manager, CH-IV International*
3:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. Breakout Session 2.2
Drill Rig Fueling: A Well of Reliable Resources

drilling case studies
As oil and gas exploration and production continues to increase domestically and globally, so does the demand for reliable fuel to power drilling operations. Fuel and refueling infrastructure providers will feature ground-breaking and cost-effective methods to introduce LNG, CNG, and/or field gas into E&P engines, in addition to discussing optimal fueling solutions that are best suited for each unique project. This session will showcase case studies where methane that would otherwise be flared is being captured and turned into high quality LNG and/or CNG for use by nearby rig operations.
  • Erik Langeteig, Key Account Manager, Chart
  • Phil Fusacchia, Last Mile Fueling Program Manager, GE Oil & Gas
  • Jim Reddinger, Chief Financial Officer and Chief Operating Officer, Stabilis
  • Sam Thigpen, President & Chief Executive Officer, Thigpen Energy
3:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. Breakout Session 2.3
Pressure Pumping Engine Optimization: Fracturing Your Fuel Costs

pressure pumping engines
The popularity of natural gas fuel use in hydraulic fracturing operations is on the rise, as evident by the increasing number of dual fuel and dedicated gas pressure pumping technologies seen in the field. This moderated discussion will give attendees the opportunity to educate themselves on the latest product developments, critical operational considerations when comparing and selecting these products, and other important factors required to optimize diesel fuel substitution and thus fuel cost savings. Product experts will address the factors that contribute to varying substitution rates, including engine load as well as the source, quality, and type of fuel utilized.
  • Derek Kamp, Corporate Account Manager, Caterpillar
  • Shane Cannon, Territory Manager, Cummins
  • Lyle Jensen, Chief Executive Officer & President, American Power Group
  • Paul Hanson, Senior Application Engineer, ComAp
  • Alex Quintero, Field Service Engineer, Altronic
3:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. Breakout Session 2.4
Case Studies: On Track for the Long Haul

rail case studies
Nearly all of the North America Class I railroads and many short line railroads have considered and/or announced natural gas locomotive project efforts. While there are many moving pieces to these projects, if alignment can be found, natural gas locomotives potentially offer significant fuel cost savings to a railroad that burns copious amounts of diesel fuel each year. As an added benefit, these natural gas locomotives will dramatically improve the environmental performance of these railroads and possibly provide a cost-effective approach to meeting upcoming Tier 4 emission standards. While significant regulatory uncertainty still exists in this sector, leading North American railroads are working to further evaluate the tremendous opportunity potentially provided by natural gas locomotives. This panel of leading North American locomotive companies will provide updates and perspectives on these exciting developments, overviews of their work with the FRA on safety standards and regulatory certainty, and their respective plans for the future.
  • Allen Rider, Manager, Locomotive Engineering, Norfolk Southern
  • Louis Renjel, Vice President, Strategic Infrastructure Initiatives, CSX
  • Michael Nicoletti, Director of Purchasing & Project Manager, Indiana Harbor Belt Railroad
  • Bob Ledoux, Senior Vice President, Florida East Coast Railway*
3:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. Breakout Session 2.5
Powering Industry Beyond the Pipeline

power generation engines fueling case studies
In areas where natural gas pipelines do not exist, natural gas can still be a viable fuel source to meet the needs of industrial operations requiring power generation. Fuel providers can extend the “virtual pipeline” to provide LNG and CNG for remote end-users, significantly reducing the costs for operations where diesel has previously been the only option. End-users and fuel-providers will highlight real-world case studies and review key considerations in the development of an off-pipeline natural gas project.
  • Francois-Xavier Saury, Power Plant & Global Key Accounts Sales Manager, Caterpillar
  • Paul Sjogren, General Manager - LNG Emerging Markets, Chart
  • Dirk Lehmann, Managing Director, Becker Marine Systems
  • Ilker Budak, Business Development Manager, Dresser-Rand
4:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. Networking Reception in the Expo Hall
 

Thursday, October 9

MONDAY (10/6) TUESDAY (10/7) WEDNESDAY (10/8) THURSDAY (10/9)
7:30 a.m. - 8:30 a.m. Continental Breakfast in the Expo Hall  
9:00 a.m. - 10:15 a.m. Plenary Session #3
Fundamentals of Natural Gas Procurement, Pricing Strategies, Contracts, and Risk Mitigation
Though the upward trend in natural gas production and usage is apparent, the process of buying natural gas is not always so clear. An end-user in any sector knows that the process of purchasing LNG is different from that of other petroleum-based fuels, but how exactly does a customer go about buying natural gas for their operations and what are the key considerations for such a transaction? Join us in this final plenary session as industry experts explain the basics of fuel sourcing; natural gas fuel pricing options; procurement strategies; delivery and measurement considerations; key contract terms; and price risk and risk mitigation options. As part of a rapidly growing and evolving industry, attendees will learn directly from industry experts on how to master the basics of purchasing natural gas for your HHP operation.
  • Keith Meyer, Founder & Chief Executive Officer, LNG America - Speaking a Common Language: Measurement & Units for Buying and Selling Natural Gas
  • Sean Turner, Chief Operating Officer, Gladstein, Neandross & Associates - General Approach to Natural Gas Procurement and Key Contract Terms
  • Jim Aivalis, President & Chief Executive Officer, Prometheus - Not All LNG is Created Equal: Potential Sources of LNG and Delivery Logistics Considerations
  • Ben Go, Director of Financial Products, BP - Price Risk, Price Risk Mitigation and the Basics of Hedging and Term Contracts

10:30 a.m. - Breakout Session #3

10:30 a.m. - 12:00 noon Breakout Session 3.1
LNG Vessels: Design to Delivery

marine engines
With the influx of interest in natural gas powered ships and the rapid development of LNG marine projects in the North American market, natural gas engine and equipment technology providers are seeing a surge in demand for a variety of vessel applications. These panelists, including representatives from classification societies, engine manufacturers, LNG tank and fuel system suppliers, and other equipment providers, specialize in the natural gas marine industry and can ensure that your project runs as smoothly as possible from vessel design to delivery. These panelists will discuss their ability to help end-users navigate the selection of engine and fuel types, and to optimize diesel displacement in order to maximize operational cost savings.
  • Leif Gross, Product Definition Manager, Caterpillar Marine Power Systems
  • David Barr, Vice President, General Manager LNG, Taylor-Wharton
  • Rich Delpizzo, Manager of Government Operations, American Bureau of Shipping Americas
  • Jeff Holyoak, Business Development Manager - LNG Onboard Fueling, Worthington Industries
10:30 a.m. - 12:00 noon Breakout Session 3.2
Case Studies: Groundbreaking Drilling Operations

drilling fueling
Drilling operators are seeing significant economic and environmental advantages to converting diesel operations to dual fuel or dedicated natural gas equipment. This session will offer an insider's perspective from companies that have made commitments to use natural gas. Attendees will gain firsthand information on the key business decisions considered in making the conversion, the partnerships required to initiate the conversion process, the initial steps and ongoing operational considerations required to realize success, the net cost savings realized by the operation, and these companies’ plans for the future.
  • Jon McEvers, Drilling Manager, Antero Resources
  • Mike Gautier, Maintenance Manager, Southwestern Energy
  • Tim Tomlinson, Natural Gas Vehicle Operations Manager, Apache
  • Speaker TBA, Seneca Resources
10:30 a.m. - 12:00 noon Breakout Session 3.3
Fuel Delivery to Frac Spreads: Pump Up the Savings

pressure pumping case studies
In shale plays across the country, there exists a clear upward trend of natural gas displacing diesel to power pressure pumping engines. This expert panel will discuss both the advantages and challenges to establishing infrastructure and delivery methods, all while maintaining the high power output necessary for these operations. Each project requires a unique approach depending on location, quality of the regional gas, and other requirements. Fuel solutions may include the use of CNG, LNG or field gas based on a variety of factors.
  • Randy Hull, Vice President of Business Development, Prometheus
  • Paul Evans, Executive Vice President, Ferus
  • Brian Chisholm, Director of Operations, Indistrial Engine Business, Westport
10:30 a.m. - 12:00 noon Breakout Session 3.4
Rail Engines & Retrofits: Crossing Over to Natural Gas

rail engines
Though the adoption of natural gas by the rail industry has been slow-going, in part due to regulatory uncertainty, equipment manufacturers have been moving quickly to produce commercial natural gas powered locomotive technology to meet significant anticipated demand. Major developers and modifiers at the front lines of this exciting technology will provide the latest updates on engine performance and projections for the future of this burgeoning industry.
  • Marti Lenz, Director, Engine Systems, Electro-Motive Diesel
  • David Mumford, Senior Director, Off-Road Partner Development, Westport
  • Eric Dillen, Dual Fuel Engine System Leader, GE Transportation
  • Scott Jensen, Chief Designer and Project Coordinator, Energy Conversions
10:30 a.m. - 12:00 noon Breakout Session 3.5
No Pipeline, No Problem: Delivering Natural Gas to Remote Locations

mining fueling case studies
For island inhabitants and remote populations, high fuel costs have always plagued power production for both industrial applications and utility power. Natural gas delivered via a virtual pipeline in either liquefied or compressed form can significantly cut costs associated with power generation, relieving both manufacturers and ratepayers with expensive energy bills. Leading industry players and end-users will discuss how natural gas can offer significant environmental and economic benefits for areas where diesel is the dominant fuel and natural gas delivery has traditionally been impossible.
  • Greg Buffington, Vice President, Carib Energy
  • Frank Haeberli, Vice President, Gas Distribution Products, Hexagon Lincoln
  • Kevin Nishimura, Director of Strategic Initiatives, Hawai'i Gas
  • Chris Gillespie, Operations Manager, Fairbanks Natural Gas*
12:00 noon - 1:00 p.m. Networking in the Expo Hall
1:00 p.m. Expo Hall Closes  

* Invited

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