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HHP Summit 2016: Two Weeks Away

September 23, 2016 in biomethane, CNG, Distributed Power, Dual Fuel, E&P Operations, Electric Drive, Emissions, Event/Meeting, HHP Summit 2016, Industrial, Infrastructure, LNG, Marine, Mining, new products, Rail, Technology, Utility by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Fifth Annual High Horsepower Natural Gas Event
Takes Place at McCormick Chicago October 11-13:
Mines See ‘Value Proposition Offered by Natural Gas’

The fifth edition of the High Horsepower (HHP) Summit – the only conference and exhibition dedicated to the use of natural gas as a fuel for improving the economic and environmental performance of large engines across the major markets, takes place October 11-13 at McCormick Place in Chicago.

The HHP Summit brings participants get detailed knowledge about natural gas as a fuel for equipment operators wishing to reduce their costs, improve their environmental performance, and comply with air quality regulations. The HHP Summit is the only gathering serving the common interests of the various HHP sectors.

Natural Gas for Mines

Organizer and HHP Insight publisher GNA/Gladstein, Neandross & Associates has just released the latest in a series of sector-specific articles, detailing the progress of natural gas fuel in the mining sector.

Cameron Brown of Western Copper & Gold, Brendan Marshall of the Canadian Mining Association, Steve Igoe of Caterpillar and Larry Davey of Teck Resources are to discuss the use of natural gas in mining at HHP Summit 2016 in Chicago.

Cameron Brown of Western Copper & Gold, Brendan Marshall of the Canadian Mining Association, Steve Igoe of Caterpillar and Larry Davey of Teck Resources are to discuss the use of natural gas in mining at HHP Summit 2016 in Chicago. Click image or here for the HHP Summit 2016 agenda.

Several new initiatives for liquefied natural gas for mine vehicles and onsite power generation were disclosed in recent weeks, “a clear sign of the value proposition offered by natural gas in this HHP segment.”

Among the recent examples,

  • Ferus Natural Gas Fuels (Ferus NGF) has signed an MOU with the Vancouver-based Casino Mining Corporation – which is owned by Western Copper and Gold – and Selwyn Chihong Mining group to supply LNG to mine projects in the Yukon and Northwest Territories. A new LNG production plant with 600,000 gallons per day of total capacity will be constructed in British Columbia to serve the mining operations. These LNG fueled mining projects will reduce a total of 255,000 tons of CO2 emissions compared to what would otherwise be diesel-fueled operations.
  • GFS Corp (“Gaseous Fuel Systems”)has extended its range of dual fuel kits, already available for certain Caterpillar and Komatsu mine haul trucks, to the Caterpillar 785 truck and model 9920 wheel loaders. GFS just announced a double-digit order, with deliveries to commence in January as the driver for the new kits.
  • Teck Resources is testing six dual fuel LNG haul trucks at its steelmaking coal operation in British Columbia, with fuel being sourced locally in BC.
  • Arch Coal and Alpha Coal West – two of the largest operators in the famed Powder River Basin in Wyoming – have both run LNG demonstration projects in their haul truck operations in the last several years.
  • Barrick Gold is converting the fuel supply at the power plant that provides electricity to its Pueblo Viejo Mine in the Dominican Republic. LNG is replacing heavy fuel oil there and is reducing operating costs with a minimal capital investment. The company additionally plans to convert the fuel supply at its lime kilns to LNG by 2017.
  • Wellgreen Platinum has deployed GE Jenbacher gas engines for a complete power generation and transmission network operating from a nickel-copper mining project in the Yukon Territory of Canada. Ferus supplies the LNG to power these generators, which will also allow Yukon communities to benefit from this lower-cost fuel.
  • Stornoway Diamond Corporation has procured LNG from Gaz Metro, which will truck the fuel to its Quebec mine. Natural gas will be used to fuel the gas generator sets at the Renard Diamond Project’s power plant.
  • Omya Industries has replaced fuel oil with LNG at its quarry in Vermont, with its massive LNG fuel storage facility provided by Chart Industries. The manufacturer of calcium carbonate will utilize LNG to produce heat for industrial processes, and has contracted with Casella to employ a fleet of LNG ore trucks to haul stones from the quarry.

“Progressive mining customers understand the long-term benefits of a natural gas pathway and are increasing moving to this low emission and low and stable cost energy source,” GNA says.

Deep Experience

“Since its inception, the HHP Summit has served as the official meeting place of high horsepower industry stakeholders to discuss the opportunities and challenges offered by natural gas in high-fuel use operations,” GNA says.

'Casino is poised to be the premier copper-gold mine in Canada and the flagship mine for the Yukon,' says Western Copper and Gold.

Ferus Natural Gas Fuels has signed agreements to supply LNG fuel to power two new mine projects in northwest Canada (HHP Insight, September 21).

The GNA team draws on insight gathered from more than 20 years of clean transportation and energy consulting experience. “We’ve worked side by side with high horsepower and natural gas innovators to pioneer North America’s largest and most forward-thinking clean fuel projects,” the company adds.

‘No Longer Conceptual’

“The past few years have shown us that this is an idea whose time has certainly come,” GNA says: “discussions are no longer conceptual, and what was once theory is now becoming practice.

“By collaborating to drive infrastructure development, technology and engine advancements, and the creation of up-to-date regulations and policies, all high horsepower sectors stand to benefit economically.”

HHP Sector Updates

In addition to the just published Unearthing Opportunities for Cost Savings & Emission Reductions on mining, GNA has prepared brief reports citing key examples of natural gas utilization in the high horsepower sector:

Rail: All Aboard: Gas Locomotive Projects Continue to Gain Steam

LNG Marine Fuel: A Real Hot Spot for a Cold Fuel

No Pipeline, No Problem: How Utilities are Reaching New Customers with Less Groundwork

Caterpillar, Chart Industries and Pivotal LNG are presenting sponsors of HHP Summit 2017.

Caterpillar, Chart Industries and Pivotal LNG are presenting sponsors of HHP Summit 2016.

The three-day HHP Summit conference will provide insight on:

  • Innovative supply chain solutions that are being developed and implemented from the northern Yukon territories to the Caribbean to support projects well beyond the reach of a traditional natural gas pipeline;
  • recently identified opportunities to deliver LNG to 23 power generation and 58 industrial customers in Canada’s North, projects that will result in $2.1 billion in cost savings and more than 11 million tonnes of CO2 emission reductions;
  • insight from end-users on the challenges, benefits, and considerations associated with the development of an off-pipeline natural gas remote power generation and industrial projects;
  • how ongoing environmental regulations, carbon programs, and sustainability initiatives will continue to drive investments in natural gas technologies across the marine, rail, mining, E&P, and off-pipeline industrial sectors;
  • an overview of the progressive and comprehensive training programs being implemented to ensure personnel safety and achieve operational success and maximum project results; and
  • efforts to supply lower carbon LNG to the HHP market via innovative LNG production plants powered by renewable energy and the use of renewable natural gas (RNG) sources.

HHP Summit 2016 value registration ends October 7.

View the HHP Summit 2016 Agenda

Download the HHP Summit 2016 Event Overview

HHP Summit info, Alexis Wiley, 310-573-8552 or 310-314-1934 (GNA main); or toll-free 888-993-0302; [email protected]

More HHP Summit 2016 contacts at GNA

Contact information is only available to premium subscribers. Click here to purchase a premium subscription.

Source: GNA/Gladstein, Neandross & Associates with HHPi follow-up

Ferus LNG for Two New Canada Mines

September 21, 2016 in Companies, LNG, Mining by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Facility at Fort Nelson for Casino & Selwyn Projects

Ferus Natural Gas Fuels said today that it’s signed an MoU with Casino Mining Corp and Selwyn Chihong Mining Ltd to supply liquefied natural gas for proposed mine projects in the Yukon and Northwest Territories.
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GFS Adds Dual Fuel for Caterpillar 785

September 9, 2016 in Dual Fuel, Mining, new products by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Mine Fleet Conversion Order Prompts New Products

Florida’s GFS Corp (for Gaseous Fuel Systems) is introducing new Evo-MT 7850 and Evo-WL 9920 kits to convert Caterpillar 785 mine trucks and 9920 loaders to liquefied natural gas-diesel dual fuel operation.
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HHP Summit 2016: Scant Weeks Away

August 29, 2016 in biomethane, CNG, Distributed Power, Dual Fuel, E&P Operations, Electric Drive, Emissions, Event/Meeting, HHP Summit 2016, Industrial, Infrastructure, LNG, Marine, Mining, new products, Rail, Technology, Utility by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Fifth Annual High Horsepower Natural Gas Event
Takes Place at McCormick Chicago October 11-13:
‘What Was Once Theory Is Now Becoming Practice’

The fifth edition of the High Horsepower (HHP) Summit – the only conference and exhibition dedicated to the use of natural gas as a fuel for improving the economic and environmental performance of large engines across the major markets, takes place October 11-13 at McCormick Place in Chicago.

Caterpillar, Chart Industries and Pivotal LNG are presenting sponsors of HHP Summit 2017.

Caterpillar, Chart Industries and Pivotal LNG are presenting sponsors of HHP Summit 2016.

The HHP Summit brings participants get detailed knowledge about natural gas as a fuel for equipment operators wishing to reduce their costs, improve their environmental performance, and comply with air quality regulations.

It is the only gathering serving the common interests of the various HHP sectors. Marine, rail, mining and energy E&P operators all need the latest information on engine and equipment technology and availability, on the markets for fuel and fuel delivery systems, the issue of compressed versus liquefied natural gas, and regulatory and policy issues.

Click image or here for the HHP Summit 2016 event overview (direct PDF link)

Click image or here for the HHP Summit 2016 event overview (direct PDF link). HHP Summit 2016 takes place October 11-13 in Chicago.

Deep Experience

“Since its inception, the HHP Summit has served as the official meeting place of high horsepower industry stakeholders to discuss the opportunities and challenges offered by natural gas in high-fuel use operations,” says organizer (and HHP Insight publisher) Gladstein, Neandross & Associates.

The GNA team draws on insight gathered from more than 20 years of clean transportation and energy consulting experience. “We’ve worked side by side with high horsepower and natural gas innovators to pioneer North America’s largest and most forward-thinking clean fuel projects,” the company says.

‘No Longer Conceptual’

“The past few years have shown us that this is an idea whose time has certainly come,” GNA says: “discussions are no longer conceptual, and what was once theory is now becoming practice.

“Early adopters of natural gas technologies are realizing the tremendous synergies that exist across the marine, rail, mining, drilling, pressure pumping, and stationary power generation sectors,” GNA notes.

“By collaborating to drive infrastructure development, technology and engine advancements, and the creation of up-to-date regulations and policies, all high horsepower sectors stand to benefit economically.”

HHP Sector Updates

GNA has prepared brief reports citing key examples of natural gas utilization:

Rail: All Aboard: Gas Locomotive Projects Continue to Gain Steam

LNG Marine Fuel: A Real Hot Spot for a Cold Fuel

No Pipeline, No Problem: How Utilities are Reaching New Customers with Less Groundwork

The three-day HHP Summit conference will provide insight on:

  • Innovative supply chain solutions that are being developed and implemented from the northern Yukon territories to the Caribbean to support projects well beyond the reach of a traditional natural gas pipeline;
  • recently identified opportunities to deliver LNG to 23 power generation and 58 industrial customers in Canada’s North, projects that will result in $2.1 billion in cost savings and more than 11 million tonnes of CO2 emission reductions;
  • insight from end-users on the challenges, benefits, and considerations associated with the development of an off-pipeline natural gas remote power generation and industrial projects;
  • how ongoing environmental regulations, carbon programs, and sustainability initiatives will continue to drive investments in natural gas technologies across the marine, rail, mining, E&P, and off-pipeline industrial sectors;
  • an overview of the progressive and comprehensive training programs being implemented to ensure personnel safety and achieve operational success and maximum project results; and
  • efforts to supply lower carbon LNG to the HHP market via innovative LNG production plants powered by renewable energy and the use of renewable natural gas (RNG) sources.

HHP Summit 2016 value registration ends October 7.

View the HHP Summit 2016 Agenda

Download the HHP Summit 2016 Event Overview

HHP Summit info, Alexis Wiley, 310-573-8552 or 310-314-1934 (GNA main); or toll-free 888-993-0302; [email protected]

More HHP Summit 2016 contacts at GNA

Contact information is only available to premium subscribers. Click here to purchase a premium subscription.

Source: GNA/Gladstein, Neandross & Associates with HHPi follow-up

HHP Summit 2016: Call for Papers

June 28, 2016 in Biofuels, CNG, Distributed Power, E&P Operations, HHP Summit 2016, LNG, Marine, Mining, Rail, Technology by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Abstracts for October Conference Due on July 29

Organizers of this year’s High Horsepower (HHP) Summit have issued a call for papers for the conference scheduled for October 11-13 at McCormick Place in Chicago.
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HHP Summit 2016 Registration Opens

June 15, 2016 in CHP/combined heat & power, CNG, E&P Operations, LNG, Marine, Mining, Rail, Technology by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Already-Low Prices Are Discounted Until August 19

Organizers of HHP Summit 2016 have opened conference registration – with generous early bird discounts. The Summit covers natural gas power in marine, mining, rail, drilling and pressure pumping applications.
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Teck Testing LNG in Mine Haul Trucks

December 11, 2015 in Dual Fuel, LNG, Mining by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Six Komatsu Trucks with GFS Dual Fuel & FortisBC Support:
‘First Use of LNG as a Haul Truck Fuel at a Canadian Mine Site’

Teck Resources said Wednesday that it’s testing liquefied natural gas fuel in six mine haul trucks at its Fording River steelmaking coal operation in southeast British Columbia – “marking the first use of LNG as a haul truck fuel at a Canadian mine site.”
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Caterpillar Bullish on LNG Mine Trucks

November 18, 2015 in Dual Fuel, LNG, Mining by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

‘Technology Is Still Viable Even at Today’s Fuel Price Spreads’

In introducing the company’s new dual-fuel LNG powered mine haul truck at this year’s HHP Summit, Caterpillar’s Jeff Castleman, large mining truck new product introduction and strategy manager, provided a positive perspective on cost savings that can be expected, even with today’s low price of diesel fuel.
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Energy Connects Reports from Dallas

October 30, 2015 in E&P Operations, HHP Summit 2015, LNG, Marine, Mining, Rail, Technology by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Strong Commitment for Natural Gas Fueling at HHP Summit 2015

Special to HHP Insight by Energy Connects President Lynn Lyon

We welcomed the Natural Gas for High Horsepower Summit to Dallas this week. I have been fortunate to attend all four of the summits since the conference inception in 2012, and have seen the progression of natural gas customers, technology, collaboration and innovation. Natural gas was covered in all forms including compressed natural gas (CNG), liquefied natural gas (LNG), and field gas at the wellhead.

Lynn Lyon at HHP Summit 2015 in Dallas

Lynn Lyon at HHP Summit 2015 in Dallas

A tour of the new Applied LNG Midlothian Plant southeast of Dallas kicked off the week’s activities. Participants celebrated the addition of a local source of fueling from clean-burning Texas natural gas. Businesses in Texas and surrounding states will benefit from lower transport costs for natural gas from North Texas.

A Competitive Alternative

LNG will be a competitive alternative fuel for locomotives, marine vessels, heavy duty trucking, oil and gas production and mining operations. LNG also provides a powerful alternative for off-grid operations and electrification.

Leadership – Tara Utley, Caterpillar VP, set the tone for the conference at the opening address with her summary that we need to “Learn, Listen, Influence and Commit to Natural Gas.” Strong leadership was demonstrated throughout the week throughout the supply chain.

Customers – Utley moderated an opening day highlight on customer focus. A broad group of customers see the strategic importance of natural gas for their operations. The voice of the customer was shared by BNSF Railway, AEP River Operations, Harvey Gulf, Hawaiian Electric and others. Energy-savvy customers see the long-term advantages of price stability, energy independence and decreasing their carbon footprint. BNSF Railway detailed their decision criteria that included environmental factors and regulatory considerations. With locomotive engines that are used 30, 40 even 50 years, the ability to retrofit existing engines is important to the rail industry.

BNSF was among the railroads reporting on work with LNG locomotives at HHP Summit 2015.

BNSF was among the railroads reporting on work with LNG locomotives at HHP Summit 2015.

Emissions – Environmental and regulatory factors are priorities to fuel consumers. New Tier diesel emission standards make natural gas an attractive option. Tote executive VP Peter Keller provided the keynote address sharing their story for building and launching the first LNG container ship in the United States. He emphasized that Tote is committed to LNG because of the environment not the price. Marine vessels have significant emission reductions moving from bunker fuel to natural gas including 97% in Sox, 98% in Particulate Matter, 60% in NOx, and 72% in CO2.

Sustainability – With huge strides towards natural gas and success stories across the board, summit participants have an eye toward the future and are focused on long-term sustainability. An abundance of domestic natural gas provides a steady supply of affordable energy and reduces the impact of volatility in the oil market. Dean Purcelli, senior VP with Stabilis, described how mining operations require long-term energy supply and price stability.

High-capacity compressed natural gas Titan tube trailer by Hexagon Composites on show last week in Dallas. Canada’s Certarus, which uses Titan trailers to deliver CNG for heating, and to power drilling and fracking operations, is Hexagon’s largest North American customer.

High-capacity compressed natural gas Titan tube trailer by Hexagon Composites on show last week in Dallas. Canada’s Certarus, which uses Titan trailers to deliver CNG for heating, and to power drilling and fracking operations, is Hexagon’s largest North American customer.

Partnerships – How do we, collectively as an industry, work together to move the industry forward? asked Ferus senior manager Joshua Soles. Groups are working together and getting creative. Many are finding ways to share development costs and production benefits. Chart Industries illustrated how efficient LNG supply chains are developed including liquefaction, distribution, storage and the end-users. Areas with strong pipeline infrastructure provide opportunities for partnerships with gas utilities for processed and compressed natural gas.

Challenges and Solutions

Innovation and Technology – Natural gas fueling and engine technology has proved reliable in a wide range of applications. The HHP Summit 2015 Expo Hall was impressive with natural gas powered combustion engines and turbines including those used for mining, oil and gas production, rail, marine, and electric power. Solution providers like American Power Group led with dual fuel engine conversions that use a combination of natural gas with traditional petroleum-based fuels. Others like the Caterpillar Solar Turbines provided a robust approach for transitioning to 100% natural gas fueling. Innovation was on display with lighter storage and delivery containers like the all-composite Titan from Hexagon Composites. Parker made a strong technical show with cryogenic and fuel control valves to help customers transition to natural gas.

From leadership to technology the Natural Gas for High Horsepower Summit provided insight into the growing natural gas ecosystem and set the stage for the next generation of customers.

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Source: Lynn Lyon of Energy Connects at HHP Summit 2015 in Dallas

Caterpillar Direct DGB for Mine Trucks

October 28, 2015 in Dual Fuel, HHP Summit 2015, LNG, Mining by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Dual Fuel Dynamic Gas for Retrofits and from Factory

Caterpillar is outlining plans for outfitting its mine haul trucks with DGB/dynamic gas blending dual fuel kits. Warranted retrofits and new trucks with factory DGB are planned, says gas engine business unit commercial manager Steve Igoe.
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