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RUSSIA AND OTHERS VISIT NGV '93 CONFERENCE TO LEARN FROM AMERICANS

 BINGHAMTON, N.Y., Aug. 10 /PRNewswire/ -- When New York State Electric and Gas's (NYSEG) third annual Natural Gas Vehicle Conference opens tonight at the Binghamton Regency, eight international visitors who've come to learn how Americans are building and using natural gas vehicles will be among its 500 attendees, speakers and exhibitors.
 The visitors include: Ian Cooper, president, and Ivor Rhodes, engineer, from the British Hydro-Mechanical Group, Great Britain; Juan Carlos Fracchia, president of Fracchia Hermanos SA, Argentina, a large manufacturer of natural gas cylinders; A. Lipatov, deputy head of the Foreign Economic Department, and Viacheslav Rodnianski, deputy head of Gas Utilization, for GAZPROM, Moscow, Russian Federation; Boris S. Posiagin, vice president of MOSTRANSGAS, Moscow, Russian Federation; Dr. David Checkel, associate professor, and Warren Salt, from the Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Alberta, Canada.
 The officials from the Russian Federation will be attending NGV '93 on Wednesday, Aug. 11 and Thursday morning, Aug. 12. GAZPROM is the largest natural gas company in Russia, controlling 95 percent of gas distribution throughout the former Soviet Union. MOSTRANSGAS, similar in organization to a U.S. utility such as NYSEG, but approximately 50 times larger, is a distribution company in Russia.
 "NYSEG is committed to developing relationships, technology and research that will allow for natural gas vehicles to become a practical reality for many more companies and individuals," said Russell Fleming, Jr., senior vice president of NYSEG's Gas Business Unit. "We're pleased that our efforts, as well as those of the many U.S. manufacturers and developers represented here at NGV '93, have roused the curiosity and interest of our counterparts in other nations."
 NGV '93 presents a global view of the latest NGV technology and issues, and focuses on the increased availability of vehicles that operate solely on natural gas. Earlier vehicles were of a bi-fuel design, which meant that operators could manually switch from natural gas to another fuel.
 Key speakers during NGV '93 include Thomas W. Kelly, Lt. General, U.S. Army (retired), media briefer during Desert Storm; NYS Senator James Seward and NYS Assemblyman Paul Tonko, chairmen of their respective NYS Energy Committees; and John Russell and Charles Baxter from the U.S. Department of Energy.
 NGV '93 concludes at 4:30 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 12.
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 /CONTACT: Karen Rugg or Nancy George of Olson Advertising Ltd., 607-722-2389, for NGV '93/


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