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View of the 2014 Bakken/Three Forks Shale Oil Innovation Conference and Expo at the Alerus Center in Grand Forks, North Dakota. (Image: Mike Hess Photography via Flickr)

The Bakken Conference and Expo: Investing in Innovation

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The Bakken Conference and Expo is back for its second year, convening in Grand Forks, North Dakota, July 27th through the 29th. In the midst of an unparalleled time in energy development, the state’s premier shale oil technology conference is set to explore how and why oil and gas production in the Williston Basin is entering a new age ripe with technological innovations and investment opportunities.

(Image: Mike Hess Photography couretesy of BBI International)

(Image: Mike Hess Photography couretesy of BBI International)

Hosted at the Alerus Center, produced by The Bakken Magazine and BBI International, the three day event will feature the latest advancements and developments in shale oil extraction. The topics showcased will range from innovations made in oil and gas recovery efficiencies, examination of the current job market in the Bakken, the latest changes in government policies and how activity in the Williston Basin is affecting exploration and production logistics around the world.

“As Bakken-focused businesses continue to navigate the low crude price environment, two themes continue to emerge: how to find efficiencies and how to reduce operating costs. We’ve worked with industry leaders to find the stories and presentations that show what efficiency and cost-reduction efforts look like,” says Luke Geiver, program director of The Bakken Conference & Expo and managing editor of The Bakken Magazine. “Because the event mimics the content of our print publication, attendees will receive valuable insight on multiple elements of the Bakken play.”

The first day of the event will include a preconference seminar, The Bakken’s Backbone, which will focus on infrastructure in the Bakken. Addressing issues such as railways, water supply, pipelines, gas processing, and commercial construction, attendees will have the opportunity to hear about the latest research and the developments being implemented in the area and how to make the region’s energy sector operate more efficiently as a whole.

The conference also features a special presentation: The Bakken Workforce Update. Based on a piece from The Bakken Magazine, various managers, directors and researchers will speak on the current state of the region’s job market. “Main people in the state will be talking about employment trends, challenges and opportunities for hiring right now and what they project over the next couple years,” Geiver said.

(Image: Mike Hess Photography courtesy of BBI International)

(Image: Mike Hess Photography courtesy of BBI International)

John Nelson, director of marketing and sales at BBI International said, “The diversity of speakers we’ve assembled will provide attendees with a full overview of what is currently happening in the Bakken. More than half of all presenters slated for the event hold the title of president, CEO or director.” Among the various presentations includes a keynote address from Continental Resources, one of the major players in the Bakken region. Senior vice president of operations Gary Gould will be presenting on the American energy renaissance, Continental’s activities, current trends and U.S. export solutions.

Also unique to the conference this year will be an industry roundtable discussion. With Geiver acting as moderator, industry leaders will sit down to talk about their perspectives and the trends they’ve witnessed, oil prices, rig counts and how that affects their operations, or how it doesn’t. This year features Kathy Neset, owner and geologist of Neset Consulting Services, Brandon Elliott, Executive Vice President of Corporate Development and Strategy for Northern Oil & Gas Inc., and Dan Eberhart, CEO of Canary Wellhead.

The conference, aimed to attract anyone interested in learning more about the Bakken, is all inclusive with the purchase of a pass, which grants access to all of the sessions, speakers and expo time. The pass also includes complimentary food and beverages, including evening receptions. “When people find out [there’s food provided] they’re very excited. It makes it easier on everyone. They can stay onsite and have their meetings. It’s great for networking,” said Marla Defoe, marketing coordinator for BBI International.

The high-scale event promises to deliver in-depth stories, powerful insight on the Bakken’s most important issues and numerous networking sessions geared to connect players from every aspect of the industry. To learn more about the conference, registration information and to view a list of events and the complete agenda, click here.

What: The Bakken Conference & Expo

Where: The Alerus Center, Grand Forks, North Dakota

When: Monday July 27 through Wednesday July 29

Price: Free for operating producers, active drilling companies and completion companies. For regular, government and student rates, click here.

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