2013 Edition of HHP Summit to Take Place in Chicago

A large number of attendees are anticipated for the 2013 edition of the HHP Summit, set to take place in Chicago September 17 to 19.

Already the nation’s largest conference and exposition of its kind, the second annual High Horsepower (HHP) Summit is expected to draw increased crowds and industry participation as the use of lower cost domestic natural gas continues to surge in a variety of hungry applications. The summit will place on September 17 to 19, 2013 at McCormick Place in Chicago, IL. Returning again as presenting sponsors for this year’s event are Caterpillar, Encana and AGL Resources, in addition to a number of other high profile sponsors.

HHP Summit brings together end-users from the marine, rail, exploration and production, mining and other industries using fuel-hungry, high horsepower engines to learn about the opportunities and benefits of switching to natural gas.

“Every single major locomotive operator, marine vessel owner, driller, pressure pumping company, and mining operation in North America is now looking at the huge cost saving opportunity presented by a switch to natural gas,” notes Erik Neandross, CEO of Gladstein, Neandross and Associates, producers of the event. “There is an absolute revolution underway and we are extremely excited to again be working with our presenting sponsors and other stakeholders to bring this important event to the Windy City.”

Natural gas continues to promise 30 to 50% fuel cost savings to operators of large equipment that have traditionally used higher cost diesel fuel to power these operations. With new engines and technologies now coming to the market, innovations in fueling equipment and new liquefied natural gas (LNG) production plants being announced, the second annual HHP Summit will showcase this burgeoning industry and the tremendous potential economic and environmental benefits of this important transformation. 

The inaugural HHP Summit 2012 conference was a clear indication of the momentum building in the industry with more than 800 attendees. Caterpillar, one of the world’s largest manufacturers of high horsepower engines, chose the 2012 HHP Summit to proclaim its commitment to natural gas with Joel Feucht, Director of Gas Engine Strategy for Caterpillar’s Energy and Power Systems Division, stating in his keynote address, “We decided to go all in on [natural] gas so if you’re waiting for someone to decide, let me just tell you that we decided.”

“We expect larger crowds, more cutting-edge equipment on display, a fantastic lineup of technical session and speakers, and an all-around tremendously successful event,” adds Neandross. “By the time we get to September, several key announcements in the industry will have been made and important new natural gas technology demonstration projects will have begun; the timing of this event could not be any better.”

Details on HHP Summit 2013 sponsors, speakers and exhibitors will be announced soon. For more information, visit www.hhpsummit.com.

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