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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.

pressure pumping
miningpower generation
#1 case studies
Case Studies
Pressure Pumping
Case Studies
Rail Fuel Supply &
Tender Cars
enginesfuelingcase studies
#2 fueling
case studies
Pressure Pumping
case studies
Case Studies
enginesfuelingcase studies
Off-Pipeline Industrial Power Generation
#3 engines
Marine Classification &
Vessel Equipment
Case Studies
case studies
Pressure Pumping
Engines & Retrofits
fuelingcase studies
Virtual Pipelines


Monday, October 6

MONDAY (10/6) TUESDAY (10/7) WEDNESDAY (10/8) THURSDAY (10/9)
TBA Pre-Summit Workshops  
TBA Off-Site Tours

Tuesday, October 7

MONDAY (10/6) TUESDAY (10/7) WEDNESDAY (10/8) THURSDAY (10/9)
11:30 a.m. - 11:45 a.m. Conference Welcome  
11:45 a.m. - 12:45 p.m. Opening Luncheon
12:45 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. Opening Remarks & Keynote Introduction
1:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. Keynote Address
1:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. Plenary Session #1
Tangible Investment Ramping up the HHP Sector

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.

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: Vessel Operators Moving Forward with LNG

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.

3:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. Breakout Session 1.2
Drilling Engines & Conversion Kit Optimization

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.

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.

3:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. Breakout Session 1.4
Rail Fuel Supply & Tender Cars

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.

3:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. Breakout Session 1.5
Natural Gas in Mining Operations

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.

5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. Expo Hall Grand Opening & Welcome Reception

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 & Keynote Introduction
9:15 a.m. - 9:45 a.m. Keynote Address
9:45 a.m. - 11:15 a.m. Plenary Session #2
Natural Gas Safety & Standards

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.

11:15 a.m. - 11:45 a.m. Keynote Address
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
Diversity of Marine Bunkering Options

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.

3:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. Breakout Session 2.2
Innovations in Delivering Natural Gas to Drill Rigs

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.

3:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. Breakout Session 2.3
Pressure Pumping Engine Optimization

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 session 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.

3:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. Breakout Session 2.4
Case Studies: Rail End-Users

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.

3:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. Breakout Session 2.5
Off-Pipeline Industrial Power Generation

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.

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
Investor Perspectives on the Emerging HHP Market

This final plenary will provide the perspective of those actively involved in analyzing the economic trends in the HHP sectors, as well as those recommending and making investments in these markets. Learn how adoption of natural gas technologies in the high horsepower industries is driving investment decisions, as well as perspectives on the realities of a true market shift in these sectors. Speakers will discuss what the conversion of these operations to natural gas means to the financial community, and where they believe the largest financial opportunities lie. Hear how suppliers and end-users alike can leverage this interest to make key business decisions in the rapidly growing natural gas HHP sector.

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

10:30 a.m. - 12:00 noon Breakout Session 3.1
Marine Classification & On-Board Vessel Equipment

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.

10:30 a.m. - 12:00 noon Breakout Session 3.2
Case Studies: Drilling End-Users

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.

10:30 a.m. - 12:00 noon Breakout Session 3.3
Innovations in Delivering Natural Gas to Pressure Pumping Operations

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.

10:30 a.m. - 12:00 noon Breakout Session 3.4
Rail Engines & Retrofits

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.

10:30 a.m. - 12:00 noon Breakout Session 3.5
Virtual Pipelines: 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.

12:00 noon - 1:00 p.m. Networking in the Expo Hall
1:00 p.m. Expo Hall Closes  
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