First-Ever Summit Examining Opportunities For Natural Gas In Off-Road High Horsepower Applications Opens In Houston

More than 700 representatives from high horsepower sectors including rail, marine, mining, drilling, earthmoving and power generation will gather to examine the potential of natural gas to fuel high horsepower operations

Sep 26, 2012, 07:00 ET from Gladstein, Neandross & Associates

HOUSTON, Sept. 26, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- The inaugural Natural Gas for High Horsepower Applications (HHP) Summit opens today and will gather leading companies from across the globe to examine the economic and environmental opportunities created through the use of cleaner-burning, domestically abundant natural gas in fuel-hungry high horsepower applications. More than 700 representatives from various high horsepower sectors, including rail, marine, mining, drilling, earthmoving and power generation, are expected to attend this first-of-its-kind Summit at the Royal Sonesta Hotel in Houston.

The HHP Summit will showcase success stories from companies across North America and abroad that are using natural gas to reduce their fuel costs by 30 to 50 percent and minimize emissions—all while achieving ultra-fast ROI. Increased supply, mobile fueling options and new regulatory requirements have recently expanded opportunities for the use of natural gas in these and other remote (non-pipeline) operations.

Over the course of three days, more than 60 industry experts will highlight leading HHP projects, the latest OEM engine technology and retrofit options, fueling supply and refueling infrastructure solutions, regulatory and policy considerations, and real-world project economics. Key industry participants include Caterpillar, Encana, AGL Resources/Pivotal LNG, Shell, Chart Industries, Westport, INOXCVA, Linde, Air Products, America's Natural Gas Alliance, Cummins, ABS, DNV Maritime, Argent Marine/Maersk, Wärtsilä, GE Energy and the Canadian National Railway, along with many others.

By the close of the HHP Summit, attendees will understand the significant market transformation that is starting to take place across North America and abroad, and be armed with the resources and industry contacts needed to evaluate and implement their own natural gas fuel projects.

On Wednesday, Sept. 26, the HHP Summit will commence with a keynote address by John Somerhalder, chairman, president and CEO of AGL Resources. Plenary sessions examining the opportunity and business case to switch from diesel to natural gas and the grand opening of the trade show—providing an interactive environment to learn about natural gas technology, equipment, and service providers—will close out the first day of the event.

The HHP Summit will continue on Thursday, Sept. 27 with plenary and industry-specific breakout sessions for the rail, marine and drilling industries along with a keynote address by Joel Feucht, director of gas engine strategy for energy and power systems at Caterpillar.

The HHP Summit will close on Friday, Sept. 28, with a special workshop on the opportunity to use liquefied natural gas in tender cars for the rail industry, breakout sessions targeting the marine, drilling and power generation industries and a plenary session highlighting the domestically abundant supply of natural gas.

For more information on HHP Summit 2012 including details on sponsors, speakers and exhibitors, visit

About Gladstein, Neandross and Associates
With headquarters in Santa Monica, Calif., and in New York, New York, Gladstein, Neandross & Associates (GNA) is one of the nation's leading environmental consulting firms specializing in emission reduction, energy and transportation policy, carbon management, and market development for clean, alternative fuel and efficient vehicle technologies. GNA produces several events promoting the development of low-emission technologies including the Natural Gas for High Horsepower Applications Summit and the annual Alternative Clean Transportation Expo. For more information, visit

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