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2015 Conference, Day 1
April 1, 2015
Opening Keynote: Whiting's Leap To The Top
Whiting Petroleum, the acknowledged Bakken/Three Forks sweet spot leader with six such Williston fields, acquired Kodiak Oil & Gas, dramatically increasing the size of its sweet spots and becoming the leading Bakken/Three Forks oil producer with one well-placed acquisition. Hear how Whiting — already a top tier producer in the formation before it bought Kodiak last year — assesses the 855,000 net acres it now controls in the Williston, and how it plans to prosper there, even at $50.00 oil.
Whiting's Redtail Field in Weld County, Colorado's Niobrara Oil Window Sweet Spot provides Whiting a second area to develop profitably at $50.00 oil. Hear about Whiting's plans to develop this key area and be master of its own development pace with its Redtail Gas Plant and water system.
Panel: Economics Lessons In The Rockies
How profitable is drilling in a period of declining prices for barrels of oil? What could greater permission to export U.S. oil do to spot prices and regional differentials? What do declining rig counts yet higher production rates tell us about the region? These experts provide a look into the direction of Rockies oil and gas economics and activity.
Operator Spotlight: Pumping More For Less In The Williston Hear this top-producing operator in the basin discuss its focus on capital efficiency and rig allocation on its 500,000-acre position in the Williston Basin. Learn how it is implementing enhanced completions, driving down lease operating expenses and growing its midstream presence in the Bakken play.
A&D Spotlight: Forecasting Across Plays What are current valuations and outlooks across the various plays in the Bakken and Niobrara? What does activity say about the prospects in the Powder River Basin? Join this expert analyst as he explains recent deals, assesses the market and makes predictions about future activity.
Operator Spotlight: What's Shaking Out In The Niobrara The Niobrara is in demand. Oil production in the calcareous shale has almost doubled from less than 200,000 barrels per day in 2012 to almost 400,000 barrels per day in 2014, while rig counts have more than tripled from 20 to 70 in the same period. Hear just how good the drilling is in the region from an operator that is achieving great results.
Keynote Luncheon Speaker — Global Megatrends And Their Effect On Security
A renowned military expert with key focus areas in Asia and the Middle East, retired General John R. Allen discusses America's geopolitical relationships around the world and the hot spots that will cause the most concern in the coming years. From having been the longest-serving leader of U.S. and NATO troops in Afghanistan, General Allen will share his perspective on global security and sovereignty. Learn the inside take on how stable key oil-producing nations are likely to be in coming years, what progress is being made on major regional issues, and how the United States will be impacted.
Gen. John R. Allen, Former Commander of U.S. and NATO Troops in Afghanistan and First Marine General to Command a Theater of War — No presentation
Afternoon Keynote: Hess Raises The Bar In The Bakken Hess Corp. is delivering some of the highest return wells in the Bakken based on top-quartile drilling and completion costs and well productivity. Find out how this leading operator is using technology and lean manufacturing techniques to drive productivity, achieve significant reductions in costs and cycle times and create an "army of problem solvers" among its workforce.
Special Address: A Global Perspective A veteran oil and gas analyst takes a macro look at the industry. How does domestic supply and demand, and accompanying prices, affect the rest of the world, as well as its geopolitical landscape?
Exploration Spotlight: Betting On The Powder River Basin Powder River Basin plays — such as the deeper Frontier and Turner, and the shallower Shannon, Sussex, Parkman and Teapot — are gaining attention for their productive potential. How extensive are these opportunities and what results have been achieved to date? Hear insights into these emerging plays.
John B. Curtis, Ph.D., Professor Emeritus of Geology & Geological Engineering, and Director, Potential Gas Agency, Colorado School of Mines and GeoMark Research, Ltd. – Presentation not released
Operator Spotlight: QEP In The Williston — Past, Present & Future In 2008, QEP Resources made its initial operated entrance in the Williston Basin with an acreage acquisition on the Ft. Berthold Indian Reservation, and in 2012, QEP expanded its footprint through the acquisition of the South Antelope properties. Through the development of these assets, QEP has transformed its portfolio to reflect a balance of both crude oil and natural gas. Today, QEP is a leading operator in the basin with a total of 116,000 net acres and 859 Bcfe of 2014 year-end proved reserves. Hear how QEP has positioned itself for continued growth through a relentless focus on continuous improvement and operational execution.
Technology Roundtable: Cutting-Edge Completions As the price of oil per barrel continues to slide, operators are sharpening their focus on developing new completion technologies to boost returns on investment. Get an inside look at how increased volumes of proppant, use of ceramic proppant and improved frac designs are responsible.
Monte Madsen, Completions Manager, Whiting Petroleum Corp. – No presentation
David Rabley, Vice President, North and South America Region, Schlumberger Business Consulting – No presentation
Justin Britsch, Drilling and Completions Manager, Newfield Exploration Co. – No presentation
Closing Keynote: Digging Deep Into Fort Berthold A leading Canadian operator will share the details behind its drilling success in the Fort Berthold region of the Bakken and Three Forks plays. For 2015, Enerplus is focusing on maximizing capital efficiencies, preserving its leases, building an inventory of drilled wells for the future, and managing gas capture.
Opening Spotlight: In Search of What Works In Completions
Proppant loading, lateral lengths and stage clustering are all part of new strategies to either increase NPV or to grow EUR. Data that operators already possess may provide the key to employing the best strategies by lateral and by stage. OAG Analytics delivers the value of predictive analytics by offering key insights into the best downhole completion practices. Learn how these new predictive tools can be used to engineer tailored completions and deliver outstanding results.
Panel: What Is The Next Direction For Bakken?
The complexities of Bakken crude in a low-oil-price environment affect all sectors, from upstream to midstream to downstream. Learn what the future holds for this prolific play. Additionally, it's estimated that the production of natural gas — which has reached high levels in pursuit of finding oil – will increase 40 percent in the Bakken by 2016, creating a renewed sense of urgency for Bakken operators to reduce flaring. What is the new reality for gas flaring in the Bakken?
Spotlight: Crisis Prevention, Management & Response
The oil and gas industry has an admirable record for safety and environmental protection, but sometimes incidents happen. Learn how to identity early problems, avoid crises, and respond quickly to those that do occur. What are the best techniques for mitigation and conflict resolution? How does the industry best interact with community, business and government interests?
Midstream Panel: Pushing The Buildout
Upstream drilling may have slowed across the Rockies basins, but the midstream sector faces a continuing challenge to meet the needs of the prolific unconventional plays. A panel of experts directly involved in analyzing and driving major infrastructure developments shares their insights.
Diana Santos, Vice President, Phillips 66 Pipeline LLC – Presentation not released
Closing Keynote: Energy & Its Role In The U.S. Economy
During years of slow economic growth, the oil and gas industry glittered as one of the few bright spots for U.S. job creation and growth. Now, oil prices have been slashed and the U.S. and Canadian upstream sectors are suffering. What does the current level of oil prices do for the overall U.S. economy, and what is the outlook for the country as a whole and the energy industry in particular?
John Fund, National Affairs Columnist, National Review magazine, Contributor to The Wall Street Journal, On-air Analyst, Fox News Channel – No presentation