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Chinese engineers gain insights about gas industry from local experts

More than a dozen delegates from Henan Polytech University and two Chinese energy companies met with representatives from several regional institutions and organizations, including Lycoming College, Feb. 23-26 to learn more about the natural gas exploration and production industry. The delegates included professors, researchers, business executives, engineers and project managers.

Delegates learned how the natural gas industry developed in Pennsylvania from a technological and public policy perspective, particularly with regard to water usage and environmental concerns, and on issues related to the extraction of coal-bed methane.

American presenters included employees of Pure Earth Resources and the Clearfield County Economic Development Corporation, both of which provide technical and business development assistance to energy companies and local businesses; representatives from the Shale Gas Innovation and Commercialization Institute, funded by the Ben Franklin Technology Development Authority; and professors from Lycoming College, Pennsylvania College of Technology and Pennsylvania State University.

The delegates represented Henan Polytech University (HPU), Petrochina Huabei Oilfield Company (PH), and Huangding Energy Services (HE).

Chinese Delegation

Sitting from left to right: Yinqing Zuo, project manager, PH; Shumin Lang, project manager, PH; Yunxing Cao, professor, HPU; Xuejun Lu, director, HE; Jessica Hess, associate director of Admissions for Lycoming College.

Standing from left to right: Wenpeng He, engineer, HE; Tian Xu, engineer, HE; Yanjun Chen, project manager, PH; Lin Tian, research assistant, HPU; Bingcheng Zhong, vice director, PH; Jonathan Williamson, Ph.D., Lycoming professor of political science; Li Wang, professor, HPU; Joe Zhao, engineer, HE; Shengping Dong, engineer, HE; Yongping Zhang, project manager, PH; Philip Sprunger, provost and dean of Lycoming College.

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