Bakken conference to feature speakers, latest technologies

BISMARCK – Top Bakken CEOs and executives will be among speakers at the 2020 Williston Basin Petroleum Conference set for May 19-21 in the Bismarck Event Center.

“The WBPC is one of the top oil conferences in the country and we have an incredible lineup of speakers,” said Ron Ness, president of the North Dakota Petroleum Council, the lead organizer of this year’s conference. He said the conference will feature the latest technologies that have helped turn the Bakken into a world-class resource and discuss the way forward to help take the Bakken and Williston Basin to the next level.”

This year’s conference will feature over 70 speakers and presenters, each sharing their insights on the latest issues impacting oil and natural gas development and what the future holds for the Williston Basin, according to NDPC officials.

Bakken CEOs and executives to speak, not previously featured at the conference, will include:

— Mike Sommers, president and CEO of API – “The State of American Energy.”

— Doug Suttles, CEO of Ovintiv – “The Energy Message.”

— Bob Phillips, CEO of Crestwood Midstream – “Building Gas Capture Infrastructure.”

— Chris Kendall, CEO of Denbury Resources – “Enhanced Oil Recovery (EOR) at Cedar Hills in Bowman County.”

– Wendy King, vice president of ConocoPhillips Great Plains Business Unit.

— Staale Gjervik, senior vice president of ExxonMobil Unconventional, President of XTO Energy.

The conference agenda will feature technology and regulatory sessions that highlight the key elements impacting Bakken production. Panelists and keynotes will discuss enhanced oil recovery and gas capture improvements. Attendees will also hear from Crusoe Energy, a company capturing flares at the well sight to power computer processors.

Additional panel topics include:

– Developing Smart Pipelines


– Advancing Bakken Technology

– Natural Gas Production and Capture Opportunities

– Well-Site Solutions

– Women – Leadership – Energy

– Workforce – Bakken Area Skills Initiative

– Geology – Williston Basin

Other featured keynote speakers and panelists will be announced later.

The trade show held during the conference will have over 300 booths. Booth space is still available.

At least 2,500 people are expected to attend the conference.

For more information about the conference and to register, visit wbpcnd.org.


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