• The Conference


The 2018 Bakken Conference & Expo will provide a macro- and micro-level view of the current state of the world-class shale oil play. Here’s more on the current state of the exciting 2018 agenda:

The Micro

The 2018 Bakken Conference & Expo program team has completed its abstract and presentation submittal review process. The team reviewed a record number of abstracts and presentation ideas. This year’s event is now able to provide more than 55 technical talks on Bakken-specific topics delivered from proven, respected and successful entities, organizations or individuals at the forefront of the Bakken’s current comeback.

The focused presentations will cover new hydraulic fracturing strategies, drilling processes, flaring tech add-ons and other considerations for the well site. Also included in the presentations will be input on logistics, more efficient construction methods, saltwater disposal well ideas and other highly-focused micro-level talks related to each aspect of the day-to-day operations that take place in the oil patch.

Bakken Technical and Micro-Focused Presentations

How Fracking In The Bakken Has Evolved:
Presentations On:
-Lessons learned from other basins and previous successes
-The cost/benefit analysis of completion choices in Williston Basin
-Rate transient analysis to optimize frack chemistry
Presenters From:
Nalco Champion, Fracn8r, Liberty Oilfield Services, Packers Plus

New Drilling Techniques, Strategies Proven For The Bakken:
Presentations On:
-Innovative big data analysis from 60-rig case study
-Next generation drilling concepts using two-rig per-well approach
Presenters From:
DNV GL, Mobilize, Schramm Drilling

Flaring and Venting Technology Upgrades and Capture Strategies
Presentations On:
-New payback models for generating revenue from associated gas
-The best practices proven to reduce flaring
-Flare snuff-out strategies new to the Bakken
-The ins and outs of centralized power using flared gas
-How a Bakken flare technology adopted by operators years ago has been upgraded
-Novel approaches to yet to be tried for flare gas capture
Presenters From:
Gulf Coast Green Energy, Pioneer Energy, Hy-Bon Engineering, ZHRO LLC, Genertek Power Industries, GTUIT, Aspen Engineering

Methane Emission Measurement Options
Presentations On:
-Optics for gas images
-Sensor placement on well pad infrastructure
Presenters From:
Heath Consultants, FLIR Systems

Enhanced Well Productivity in Near- and Long-Term Life Span of Bakken Wells
Presentations On:
-Using electronic submersible pumps the right way
-Slug-flow mitigation to increase long-term production curves
-Novel horizontal lift technology that better utilizes natural well profiles
Presenters From:
DASS CAN K-PUMPS, Production Plus Energy Services Inc., Horizontal Lift Technologies

Advanced Production Techniques Finding Support In Bakken
Presentations On:
-Maximizing oil production using surfactant EOR
-Efficiently waterflooding Bakken wells
Presenters From:
University of North Dakota Harold Hamm School of Geology and Geological Engineering, NCS Multistage LLC

Realizing Logistics and Infrastructure Sweetspots
Presentations On:
-Rail shipper optimization
-Finding savings through material logistics networks
-New building, lay-out approaches to major structures
Presentations From:
Engineered Rail Solutions LLC, Solomon Bruce Consulting LLC, Innovative Site Works

Building A More Profitable Well Pad: Successful Approaches for Existing, New Pads
Presentations On:
-Geotechnical considerations that save money on well pad development
-Advanced production automation implementation
-Considerations for wireless communications within the oilfield
-Utilizing helical piles to support long-term integrity of oil, gas equipment
Presenters From:
Braun Intertec Corp., DXP Enterprises, AXE Consulting Ltd., Automation-X Corp., Magnum Geo-Solutions LLC

Investors and Analysts Explain What Outsiders See When They Look At The Bakken
Presentations On:
-Financial attractiveness of the Bakken
-Foreign-based modeling of the Williston Basin
-The value of oil and gas firms in a down or rising market
-Maximizing value in shale firm insolvencies
Presenters From:
Canaan Resources LLC, Kuwait Foreign Petroleum Exploration Company, Whiteford Taylor & Preston, The Dillard Group LP

Streamlining the Bakken’s Other Wells: New considerations for Saltwater Disposal Wells
Presentations On:
-Staying out of regulatory hot water
-Driving efficiencies in fluid management
-Electrical installation complexities on the SWD pad
-The impact of Lightening
Presentations From:
Newfields Mining & Energy Services LLC, Goodnight Midstream, Apex Engineering Group, Lightening Eliminators

The Macro

On the marco-level, the 2018 Bakken Conference & Expo will include multiple high-level, big-thinking and broad topic speakers capable of offering an all-encompassing view on the state of the Bakken now and heading into the future.

Macro-Level Bakken Talks Scheduled To Date:

Policy Impacts
The Trump Effect on Bakken Production
S&P Global Platts

The Oilpatch of the Future
Meet The Custom-Built Drone For Oil Operations
SkyX Systems Corp.

Oilfield Servicer Insight
Energy Service Considerations In The Current Era Of Shale

What We Learned from DAPL
Multiple speakers

Operator Opinion
How and Why Operators Entered The Bakken In The Low Oil Price Period
Resource Energy Partners, other operators

New Tech for safe and cost effective oil conditioning in ND

Possibilities For The Play
U.S. Geological Survey Update On The Williston Basin’s Production Potential

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