Preliminary agenda announced for Bakken-Three Forks Shale event

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The Bakken-Three Forks Shale Oil Innovation Conference & Expo will feature presentations on cutting-edge research and industry work designed to optimize several facets of the Bakken and Three Forks shale plays.

The Bakken-Three Forks Shale Oil Innovation Conference & Expo taking place February 10-12 in Grand Forks, N.D., announced its preliminary agenda this week. The sessions will showcase 100+ industry experts who are currently utilizing or developing new technologies, innovations and approaches to yielding greater efficiencies in the Bakken-Three Forks shale formations. In addition, attendees will learn upstream and downstream advancements in the Williston Basin that are impacting shale oil E&P and logistics globally.

There are three program tracks available to attendees during the three-day event:

– Track 1: Drilling, Retrieval & Production Optimization

– Track 2: Product, Service & Resource Utilization

– Track 3: Logistics & Downstream Infrastructure

“We are excited about the high quality of presentations submitted for this event,” says Luke Geiver, Editor and Program Director of the conference. “Because the speakers who submitted are extremely knowledgeable, we are able to showcase the techniques, strategies and technological know-how accelerating the retrieval and movement of remote Williston Basin crude oil from resource to refinement. We are bringing together high-level oil and gas professionals from every segment of the industry to discuss the latest technologies that will be used to extract oil out of shale plays. This show will offer a glimpse into the next wave of technology.”

Geiver later adds, “We are also developing a poster session where college students and researchers can showcase their cutting-edge research to oil and gas executives attending the event.”

The expo hall has already been expanded from the original estimates and BBI International is looking to possibly expand again, due to the high level of interest. “Exhibitors have identified this conference as a powerful platform to share their latest technologies and services with industry decision-makers who are looking for solutions to the challenges they face in one of the most extreme climates,” says Geiver. “More importantly, these solutions are not just limited to the Bakken play — they are critical to the success of oil recovery from every shale formation across the globe. Much of the agenda is geared towards drilling, operating and completion companies who are looking for new efficiencies to make their process more efficient,” Geiver adds. “One of the panels I’m most excited about is the panel titled, Finding the Next Innovation: Cutting-Edge Research Revealed. The speakers will offer a glimpse into the future of the play, and where the next innovation will come from.”

The event is in collaboration with the University of North Dakota College of Engineering & Mines and the Harold Hamm School of Geology & Geological Engineering and will be held at theAlerus Center in Grand Forks, which was the recent site of the North Dakota Petroleum Council’s Annual Meeting. “We decided to hold the conference in Grand Forks for a number of reasons,” says Joe Bryan, CEO of BBI International, the company that owns and operates The Bakken magazine and has 30 years’ experience in managing conferences. “The Grand Forks community is extremely supportive of the developments in the Bakken play and has shown strong support for new and existing businesses that are looking to get involved in North Dakota’s growing oil industry. Second, the facilities in Grand Forks are world-class. The Alerus Center and new surrounding hotels help create a very positive experience for conference attendees.”

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