On Conferences and Infratructure

By Luke Geiver | June 23, 2014

Two million total barrels of oil per day will eventually be produced in the Williston Basin, the CEO of the Bakken’s No. 1 oil producer predicts. Development of the Williston Basin will impact the next five generations, according to North Dakota’s top oil regulator, meaning that our grandchildren’s grandchildren will be around to see it. Bakken crude is, and has been, correctly classified for shipment via rail. Each one of these significant tidbits was disclosed at the 2014 Williston Basin Petroleum Conference, held in Bismarck, N.D., May 22-24.  It is hard to characterize the event as a conference anymore, as, not surprisingly, the success of the WBPC has mimicked the rapid trajectory of the Bakken development itself. The WBPC is not just a booming event anymore, it has become an industry institution. For our “Big Moments From The 2014 WBPC” review, The Bakken magazine team dissected the presentations, speeches and most-talked about stories from the event. 

In this month’s issue, we also tackled the theme of infrastructure and construction. With North Dakota’s adoption of regulations to reduce flaring going into effect this month, we focused on infrastructure developments aimed at flare reduction. Although a piece on the role, and evolution of, power supply equipment may not seem like the obvious choice for a story, Emily Aasand’s in-depth look at how generators are and will be used to power installations from well pads to construction sites reveals what the industry wants and needs from infrastructure-linked equipment. And, as she explains, power supply equipment providers are upgrading their offerings to fulfill the industry’s desire to not only capture, but also utilize as much of the associated gas produced at the well head as possible.

In the story, “Partners In Flare Reduction,” we provide a behind-the-scenes account of how a relatively young flare capture technology provider formed a partnership with a well-established EPC contractor whose project portfolio includes several Bakken-based infrastructure developments, refineries on both coasts and even the Minnesota Twins stadium. Following a year of due diligence, GTUIT LLC and Corval Group announced their partnership during the week of the WBPC. In a sit-down meeting with the main members of the partnership in the VIP room, we learned why the unique partnership could provide immediate assistance to operators looking for an all-encompassing solution to flare reduction. The partnership will combine GTUIT’s NGL recovery technology with the project management and manufacturing abilities of Corval, a combo that will put proven technology, and the necessary well site infrastructure together faster than ever before.

For the second month in a row, we have included a contribution written by Rob Lindberg, director of Bakken Backers, an organization focused on helping businesses, community leaders and others understand whats going on in the Bakken. Lindberg tours the state on a near-weekly basis, talking with people about the impact of the Bakken on day-to-day operations. We are excited to announce that Lindberg’s contribution's will be a monthly staple of the magazine. And, on the topic of monthly pieces included in every issue of the publication, check out the North Dakota Petroleum Council’s column penned by Tessa Sandstrom. It will give you reason for excitement.