October 11, 2016 08:00 ET

The 2016 High Horsepower (HHP) Summit Kicks Off in Chicago

Executives From Marine, Rail, Mining, E&P and Power Generation Operations Are Convening for North America's Leading Conference and Expo on Natural Gas Fueling, Engines and Technologies

CHICAGO, IL--(Marketwired - October 11, 2016) - The fifth-annual Natural Gas for High Horsepower (HHP) Summit officially opens today at the McCormick Place Convention Center in Chicago. Global leaders in the marine, rail, mining, drilling, pressure pumping, and off-pipeline power generation sectors have convened for an in-depth discussion on the environmental and long-term economic benefits of using natural gas to displace diesel fuel. Conference sessions are will focus on the continued growth and opportunity of natural gas for high horsepower applications, while the expo hall will showcase the latest advancements in natural gas technology solutions.

Since its inception, the HHP Summit has served as the meeting place for high horsepower industry stakeholders to share insights from early adopter projects, discuss opportunities to collaborate on infrastructure and technology advancements, and to drive real, tangible progress in the natural gas market. Leaders in this space are expected to speak about the significant opportunity high-fuel-use operations still have to reduce their fuel costs and mitigate long-term price volatility despite today's low oil prices.

"Beyond the economic benefits, clean-burning natural gas provides a cost-effective solution to meet increasingly stringent emissions regulations, not to mention an opportunity to be a more responsible and sustainable business operation," noted Erik Neandross, CEO of Gladstein, Neandross & Associates, the clean transportation and energy consulting firm that produces the conference. "The leaders in our industry, including HHP Summit's presenting sponsors, Caterpillar, Chart and Pivotal LNG agree $50/barrel is simply not sustainable for the global oil market and are therefore continuing to invest in natural gas solutions to provide long-term value to their customers."

Over the course of the HHP Summit, taking place October 11-13, speakers will focus on educating HHP operators on the economic and environmental value proposition of natural gas and giving them the tools, resources and information needed to consider a transition of their own operations. Program highlights include:

Keynotes and Featured Speakers: Industry leaders will provide insight from industry executives on opportunities for growth in today's natural gas market and how natural gas can provide high horsepower sectors a long-term competitive business advantage.

Featured industry speakers include:

  • Keynote: Andrew Evans, Chairman & CEO, AGL Resources (Pivotal LNG)
  • Keynote: Brian Cothran, President & CEO North America, GE Oil & Gas
  • Sam Thomas, Chairman of the Board & CEO, Chart Industries
  • Joel Feucht, General Manager of Gas & Medium Speed Engines, Caterpillar
  • John Grubic, Team Lead -- LNG Business Development Americas, Shell
  • Paul Cheliak, Director of Innovation and New Markets, Canadian Gas Association

Real-World Natural Gas Case Studies: From new LNG production plants to multi-vessel deployment projects, executives from the marine, rail, mining, and utility sectors will provide insight on demonstration project plans and results; discuss the value of fuel price stability, predictability, and risk mitigation as oil prices creep back up; and the continued focus on environmental drivers -- regulatory and sustainability.

Featured speakers providing case studies, include:

  • Eric Evans, Vice President, Carnival Corporation
  • Matthew Jackson, Vice President of LNG Business Development, Crowley Maritime
  • Dan Britton, President, Fairbanks Natural Gas
  • Doug Stout, Vice President of Market Development & External Relations, FortisBC
  • Cameron Brown, Vice President of Engineering, Western Copper & Gold
  • Chad Verret, Executive Vice President of Alaska LNG Operations, Harvey Gulf
  • Shea DiMauro, Director of Operations Support, BNSF Railway
  • Peter Keller, Executive Vice President, TOTE
  • Stephen Nelson, Chief Operating Officer, Longview Power
  • Stephen Sheridan, Senior Manager, Pacific Gas & Electric Company

Expo Hall: The show floor will offer access to the industry's largest display of natural gas engines, equipment and technology. Attendees will get hands-on access to the latest technology and have the opportunity to talk to representatives about engine and equipment specifications before making an investment.

HHP Summit 2016 will host some of the top names across the high horsepower and natural gas industries. A complete list of this year's sponsors, exhibitors, and speakers is available at For more information on expected announcements during the show, contact Alexis Wiley at

About the High Horsepower (HHP) Summit

HHP Summit is North America's largest and most comprehensive conference and expo focused on the environmental and economic benefits of natural gas for marine, mining, rail, drilling, pressure pumping, and remote power generation operations.

About Gladstein, Neandross & Associates (GNA)

GNA is the leading North American consulting firm specializing in market development for low-emission and alternative fuel vehicle technologies, infrastructure and fuels for both on and off-road applications. For more than 20 years, GNA has pioneered the nation's largest and most innovative alternative fuel vehicle projects, including the development of several successful clean fuel corridor projects.

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