Penn State annual natural gas conference moves to Pittsburgh

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Penn State’s 2013 Natural Gas Utilization Conference will move to Pittsburgh after spending the last two years in State College.


This year’s conference, which will include 40 speakers as well as a natural gas vehicle display, will be held Sept. 10-11 at the Omni William Penn Hotel in Pittsburgh.


The university said in a press release the event was previously held in State College and was moved to Pittsburgh this year to offer expanded presentations from Ohio and West Virginia, “highlighting the true regionalism of the shale play.”


The conference is hosted by America’a Natural Gas Alliance, Marcellus Center for Outreach and Research and the Shale Gas Innovation and Commercialization Center.


The event will kick off with a networking reception on the evening of Sept. 10 with speakers, sponsors, conference planners and participants.


The conference will continue its focus on providing actionable information for participants to implement in their operations, understand the current and future trends of natural gas utilization, the latest technology being implemented and how policy may impact the future of utilization.


According to Bill Hall, director of SGICC, “The conference committee has assembled an all-star cast of speakers to discuss natural gas utilization trends across the industry.”


Presenters include Nick Jones, energy advisor from Exxon Mobil; Tom Choi, national gas practice leader from Deloitte; Ross Eisenberg, vice president from National Association of Manufacturers; and Will Freeman, NGV market development for Chesapeake Energy. More than 40 presentations will be delivered over the two-day conference.


A natural gas vehicle display will be held Sept. 11 in Pittsburgh’s Market Square. The event will feature NGVs from various vendors that are dedicated, bi-fuel and dual-fuel to give both conference attendees and the general public an opportunity to see the advances in technology using natural gas as a transportation fuel.


Conference breakout sessions will include the following segments:


n A transportation session will provide information on costs associated with fueling infrastructure, conversions, new vehicle purchase as well as incentives and regulations related to the industry.


n The manufacturing session will focus on the opportunities businesses have related to the supply chain needs of the exploration and production industry as well as the downstream opportunities.


n The project session will feature company specific projects that are a result of the increased utilization within the Appalachian Basin. Expected projects to present are related to power generation, gas to liquids, fueling infrastructure and how one company has integrated natural gas use across its operations.


For additional information on the conference, access www.2013utilization.org.


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