Enbridge, Williams to deliver keynotes at COMPRESSORtech2 Hydrogen Summit

03 February 2023

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The roster of heavy-hitting speakers at the inaugural COMPRESSORtech2 Hydrogen Summit has been enhanced with the addition of keynote speakers from two of the largest midstream operators in North America.

Mike Hill, Manager of New Energy Technologies – Facility Engineering at Enbridge, will start the day with a morning keynote address highlighting key engineering elements in repurposing natural gas assets for blended hydrogen service. Then kicking off the afternoon session is keynote speaker Jacob Saletsky of Williams Companies, who will address technical aspects of hydrogen compression.

Hill will discuss Enbridge’s experience with hydrogen blending, as well as efforts to decarbonize gas turbine driven compressors and hydrogen’s impacts on large scale gas transmission compression assets. He is responsible for engineering design and standards for NET facility development, including renewable natural gas, hydrogen, carbon capture, and sequestration. With more than 25 years of progressive experience within the hydrocarbon, engineering consultation and steel manufacturing industries, he has also led facility and pipeline integrity teams where he was exposed to the role hydrogen could play in the failures of natural gas transmission pipelines.

Jacob Saletsky (Photo: Williams.)

Saletsky currently serves as an engineer supporting Williams’ New Energy Ventures group in Tulsa, OK, where he supports the development and execution of projects centered around decarbonization of existing natural gas gathering, processing, and transmission assets, and is also involved with energy transition technologies such as hydrogen, ammonia, carbon capture, renewable natural gas, waste heat recovery, and utility-scale solar.

Saletsky has been at Williams since 2020, and prior to his current role, he worked as an asset integrity engineer out of Salt Lake City, Utah, and a tactical project engineer out of Pittsburgh, Pa.

Saletsky’s will address why Williams has plans to play a large role in clean hydrogen production and transmission. He will describe the motivations behind using hydrogen-based fuel to decarbonize existing natural gas assets.

The presentation will include a summary of its recent field test in Wyoming on a legacy Cooper 6V-250 reciprocating engine. He will discuss the results of those field tests, the effects of hydrogen blending on combustion emissions and stability and the modifications needed for permanent installation. His presentation will include how Williams will utilize these results and the next steps for Williams.

Hill and Saletsky are highlighting a roster of speakers and presenters that will cover a broad range of topics addressing hydrogen and its impacts on the technologies used in gas compression. With hydrogen expected to play a critical role in the future energy mix, this is an event not to miss for anyone involved at any level of the gas compression industry.

Other planned sessions include:

  • - A discussion of hydrogen blending in Caterpillar gas engines.
  • - A presentation by Jordan Smith and Hans Mathews of Cooper Machinery Services highlighting the company’s experiments in use of hydrogen in its gas engines and its field testing of a large bore slow-speed integral engine running on a 30% hydrogen fuel blend.
  • - A session by Peter Roth, director of PPI Products at Sundyne, covering how hydrogen is produced, where it is used and why compression is required to make hydrogen a valuable commodity.
  • A presentation by Burak Bekisli, director of materials engineering at Dover Precision Components, who will discuss the challenges associated with hydrogen compression and illustrate approaches to meeting them.
  • A discussion by Marybeth McBain of Elliott Group, highlighting the evolution and challenges facing compression equipment and infrastructure in an emerging hydrogen economy.
  • A presentation by Siemens Energy’s Joel Sanford addressing the key aspects and best practices of
  • of valve design, operation, and maintenance for reliable hydrogen reciprocating compressors.
  • The final slate of presentations will be announced shortly.

The Compressortech2 Hydrogen Summit, which will be held April 25 at the Intercontinental Hotel in Houston, Texas, will also provide networking sessions for delegates and sponsors. Drinks are provided by networking sponsor Sundyne. Additional sponsors include Silver Sponsor Howden, and Bronze Sponsors Siemens Energy, Boll Filter and CDI Energy Products.

For more information on still-available sponsorship opportunities, contact Daniel.Brindley@khl.com.

More complete information on speakers and topics, or to qualify for early bird registration, visit ct2summit.com.

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