DUO Reservoirs
Mar. 31-Apr. 2, 2015
Denver, Colorado
Colorado Convention Center
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CJ Energy ServicesSM EnergyMBI Energy ServicesStratas AdvisorsBaker Hughes - PlatinumMagnum Oil ToolsDragon ProductsSuperior Energy ServicesNetherland, Sewell & Associates (NSAI)TEAM Oil Tools
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Operator Sponsors
Enerplus - OperatorHess Corp. - OperatorSM Energy
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Conference Agenda

Tuesday, March 31

5:00 pm

Opening Reception

Get a jump start on your DUG Bakken and Niobrara experience! Pick your badge up early to avoid the lines. Then join us at the Opening Reception for networking and a complimentary fully-catered buffet with drinks. Plus, get a head start on completing your BINGO card!


7:30 pm

Private Movie Screening of My All American

MovieJoin us at the Regal Denver Pavilion for a private screening of the soon-to-be released movie My All American, before it hits theaters later this year. This inspiring football drama centers around University of Texas' 1969 national championship team and two of its heroes, Coach Darrell K. Royal and defensive back Freddie Steinmark.

Angelo Pizzo, screenwriter of two of the most iconic sports films of all time, Hoosiers and Rudy, wrote and directed the movie. Bud Brigham, executive producer and founder of Brigham Resources, a privately held oil and gas company headquartered in Austin, Texas, has graciously offered to host this private screening for all DUG Bakken and Niobrara conference attendees.

This event is open to all DUG Bakken and Niobrara attendees. Seating is limited to the first 430 guests.

Wednesday, April 1

7:30 am

Registration, Breakfast & Networking

Enjoy a hot breakfast with your peers before taking a seat for the day's information-packed conference sessions. Catch up with old friends, make some new ones and start exploring the latest technologies from more than 200 exhibitors.


8:30 am

Welcome & Opening Remarks

  • Leslie Haines, Editor-in-Chief, Oil and Gas Investor, Hart Energy

8:35 am

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.

Moderator: Leslie Haines, Editor-in-Chief, Oil and Gas Investor, Hart Energy


9:00 am

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.

Moderator: Chris Sheehan, CFA, Senior Financial Analyst,, Hart Energy


10:00 am

Networking Break

Sponsored by:
Precision Additives

Hit the exhibit floor with your business cards and start making valuable networking connections.


10:30 am

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.

Moderator: Peggy Williams, Editorial Director, Hart Energy


10:50 am

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.

Moderator: Richard Mason, Chief Technical Director, Hart Energy


11:10 am

Operator Spotlight: What's Shaking Out In The Niobrara

Session sponsored by:
CDM Resources

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.

Moderator: Susan Klann, Group Managing Editor, Oil and Gas Investor, Hart Energy


11:30 am

Networking Luncheon

Sponsored by:
Schlumberger

The chance to grow your network is one of the most valuable aspects of attending a conference. At DUG Bakken and Niobrara, there's no better place to make new connections than the event's Networking Luncheon. Engage in thought-provoking conversations as you discuss the morning's presentations over a plated lunch.

Keynote Speaker — Geopolitics & The Hot Spots Of The World

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.


1:30 pm

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.

Moderator: Richard Mason, Chief Technical Director, Hart Energy


2:00 pm

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?

Moderator: Leslie Haines,Editor-in-Chief, Oil and Gas Investor, Hart Energy


2:25 pm

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.

Moderator: Peggy Williams, Editorial Director, Hart Energy


2:45 pm

Networking Break

Sponsored by:
CH2M Hill

Pick up where you left off on the exhibit floor and explore more solutions from the industry's top companies. Don't forget to finish collecting stamps for your BINGO card while on the exhibit floor!


3:15 pm

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.

Moderator: Susan Klann, Group Managing Editor, Oil and Gas Investor, Hart Energy


3:35 pm

Technology Roundtable: Cutting-Edge Completions

Session sponsored by:
PetroQuip

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.

Moderator: Richard Mason, Chief Technical Director, Hart Energy


4:30 pm

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.

Moderator: Chris Sheehan, CFA, Senior Financial Analyst, Hart Energy


4:50 pm

Networking Reception

Sponsored by:
Superior Energy Services

Recap the day's conference sessions in a fun and relaxing environment. Enjoy complimentary food and drinks while you and your colleagues discuss what you've learned. Be sure to stick around to see if you've won a BINGO prize and to hear which exhibitors win the DUGGIE awards!

Thursday, April 2

7:30 am

Registration, Breakfast and Networking

Sponsored by:
Principle Energy Services

Get ready for the final day of the conference with a hot breakfast. Connect with your peers before you head in for the morning sessions.


8:30 am

Welcome & Opening Remarks

  • Leslie Haines, Editor-in-Chief, Oil and Gas Investor, Hart Energy

8:35 am

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.

Moderator: Richard Mason, Chief Technical Director, Hart Energy


9:00 am

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?

Moderator: Chris Sheehan, CFA, Senior Financial Analyst, Hart Energy


9:40 am

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?

Moderator: Susan Klann, Group Managing Editor, Oil and Gas Investor, Hart Energy


10:00 am

Networking Break

Sponsored by:
MPG

This is your last chance! Explore the exhibition hall and network with your peers before you grab your seat for the final DUG Bakken and Niobrara presentations.


10:30 am

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.

Moderator: Paul Hart, Editor-in-Chief, Midstream Business, Hart Energy


11:30 am

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?

Moderator: Leslie Haines, Editor-in-Chief, Oil and Gas Investor, Hart Energy


12:00 pm

Conference Adjourns

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