Focus of the Bakken Report

The 2019 Bakken Report, produced by our team at North American Shale magazine, is meant to reveal how the Bakken shale play has changed, or could evolve in the near-term future.
By Luke Geiver | April 30, 2019

The 2019 Bakken Report, produced by our team at North American Shale magazine, is meant to reveal how the Bakken shale play has changed, or could evolve in the near-term future. In an age of big data and information overload, we focused on key, play-specific components responsible for shaping the Bakken circa 2019. This report highlights the consistent elements responsible for making the Williston Basin’s main geologic target a world-class resource. From coverage on research trends to memorable, yet often overlooked statistics, each section shows a clear picture of the Bakken.

The Changing Focus of Research
Geologists and engineers continue to dedicate significant research time to enhancing production and knowledge of the Bakken petroleum system. An examination of the focal point of new research, along with an understanding of those doing the work, shows what’s next.

Reporting History
For more than a decade, the play’s most important regulating body has been providing monthly updates on production stats or other factors of note. Check-out the transformation of those reports to see the factors at play during different activity periods and how history may, or may not, repeat itself.

New Resource Projects
From retrieving lithium (for cell phone batteries) from produced water brine, to injecting associated gas back underground, new and unique-to-the-Bakken projects could morph daily field operations, or spawn new ones.

Generation 5.0
No sector of the Bakken has seen more change than in hydraulic fracturing. When comparing early strategies to modern generation 5.0 designs, the results from completion strategy, material and downhole technology tweaks or upgrades show why the core of the play has expanded.
 
Evolving and Overcoming
Becoming a world-class oil and gas resource play wasn’t easy. Follow the in-depth look at how the Bakken overcame, and pioneered, an entire shale industry through the terms used to describe it.

The Bakken formation, along with the Three Forks, has made North Dakota, Montana and parts of Canada, a destination for shale energy innovation and investment. As the play continues to evolve, insight included in this report indicates that the path ahead will continue to benefit from continued research, innovation and investment. The Bakken, and the greater Williston Basin, will only get bigger and better.

Over the next three weeks, check out our individual pieces from the report. Following the online release of the segments of the report, the full report will be available online and in print. 

~From The Bakken Report 2019 print issue