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Message from the editor Shayna Wiwierski North Dakota picked up a few accolades this year. The state was recently ranked number-one by MoneyRates.com for the Best Place to Live for Millennials, who called North Dakota “a magnet for young adults.” Seven factors went into their decision, including unemployment, college tuition, housing availability, cost of housing, Internet access, nightlife, and fitness. Thanks to the upswing in energy, Williston actually has a median age of 31, which is four years younger than the state average of 35. But that’s not all… North Dakota was also named a top reducer of carbon emissions, thanks to recent federal data reports that showed that the state “outpaced all other states in cutting its carbon intensity despite a five-fold increase in oil and natural gas production between 2009 and 2016.” So clearly, there is a lot going on right now, both with energy and society. In the fall issue of the Bakken Oil Report, we look at a number of topics that North Dakotans should be excited about. Everything from new industry initiatives that target methane emissions, to a project that will minimize Bakken road restrictions, to even an update on the Keystone XL pipeline. Oh, and let’s not forget all the supplier features that I know you, dear readers, have come to know and love. I hope you enjoy this issue of the magazine, and as always, if you have any questions, concerns, or story ideas, please feel free to send them my way. Strike oil! email@example.com @DELCommInc
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Millennial magnet By Rachel Richter Lordemann, President, Williston Area Chamber of Commerce TrainND has recently rolled out their One Basin, One Way! program to provide affordable, standardized safety training for producers and contractors in the Bakken.
professionals under 35 in many of those key areas, most notably: • Unemployment: The unemployment rate in Williams County is 1.5 percent compared to a national average of 3.6 percent. According to Job Service of Williston, there were 1,434 available jobs in July 2019. Not only are those job openings in the oil and gas industry, they spread across all sectors, including There is a certain energy in the air around Williston, ND – and it’s not just coming from well sites! Williston is becoming a mecca for young professionals, and the creativity and innovation they are bringing to our community is palpable. North Dakota was recently ranked as the Best Place to Live for Millennials by MoneyRates.com who called our state “a magnet for young adults.” Williston, ND
has a median age of only 31 – four years younger than the state average of 35. When choosing the best place to live for young adults, seven factors were taken into consideration: unemployment, college tuition, housing availability, cost of housing, Internet access, nightlife, and fitness. Thanks to our energy boom, Williston is ahead of the game and leading the charge in North Dakota for
medical, education, agriculture, and more. A visit to jobsnd.com will show the vast opportunities for employment at all education levels, with almost 80 percent of available jobs only requiring an associate’s degree or high school diploma. This means that those for whom a traditional college education isn’t fitting can still find the start to an incredibly successful career.
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• College tuition: For those that are looking to kick-start their career with a college education, Williston State College boasts one of the most impressive tuition assistance programs in the nation. Any high school graduate from Williams or one of any nine surrounding counties can attend Williston State College tuition free through the Williston State College Foundation. Students can receive degrees that position them for success at four-year institutions or can earn certificates and associate’s degrees that will set them up for success in any of the Williston area’s booming industries. Additionally, TrainND has recently rolled out their One Basin, One Way! program to provide affordable, standardized safety training for producers and contractors in the Bakken. All of this and so much more make Williston an exciting place for millennials. The career opportunities in our area for those under 35 are unmatched anywhere else in the nation. You will find smart, capable young people leading our energy industry, involved in local politics, teaching our next generation, and owning and operating successful businesses. There are even more exciting, attractive expansions to come. The Williston International Airport will begin operations on October 10th, opening up our region to expanded air travel and making our community even easier to access. The former Sloulin Field Airport site will offer space for increases in affordable housing, schools, and medical facilities, and tremendous opportunities for new retail, dining, and community facilities. Williston Public School District is currently fundraising to create an Innovation Academy that will help to shape our next generation of young leaders.
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New industry initiative targets methane emissions By Matthew Todd
A July workshop by The Environmental Partnership in the Bakken drew more than 75 attendees representing over 20 different organizations. In addition to its status as one of the nation’s top energy-producing states, North Dakota can claim another important distinction: top reducer of carbon emissions. Based on federal data, reports show “North Dakota outpaced all other states in cutting its carbon intensity despite a five-fold increase in oil and natural gas production between 2009 and 2016.” State regulators and operators are working together to build on that progress and further reduce greenhouse gas emissions – including emissions of methane. A groundbreaking new industry initiative is part of the solution. Launched one year ago with 26 companies, The Environmental Partnership (the partnership) now includes almost 70 nationwide member companies focused on concrete actions to reduce the industry’s environmental footprint. Individual companies have their own 12
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The workshop also included updates from the North Dakota Petroleum Council on regional production and emissions trends, as well as regulatory developments and challenges.
successful methane reduction initiatives – contributing to a 14 percent reduction in methane from industry operations from 1990 to 2017, even as production has soared. But the partnership brings those competing companies of all sizes together to pool knowledge and jointly tackle methane emissions. The effort’s first progress report, released in July, tracks significant progress. In the partnership’s first year, participating companies conducted more than 156,000 site surveys and discovered leaks in just 0.16 percent of components – a small fraction of EPA’s estimated 1.4 percent leak occurrence rate. Within 60 days, 99 percent of those leaks were repaired. The partnership’s participating companies have made a concerted effort to eliminate aging equipment like highbleed pneumatic controllers – replacing, retrofitting, or removing more than 30,000 of these devices – 3,000 in 2018 alone.
Information-sharing and collaboration represent a key pillar of the initiative. The partnership has held workshops in major producing regions across the country – including the Texas Permian, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, North Dakota, and Colorado – bringing together operators, regulators, equipment manufacturers, and university researchers to identify solutions and share best practices. A July workshop in the Bakken drew more than 75 attendees representing over 20 different organizations – including Lime Rock Resources, the North Dakota Department of Environmental Quality, and the North Dakota Petroleum Council. Participants heard in-depth presentations from Bakken operators on the optimal usage of equipment, such as high-volume combustors, tank vents and thief hatches, as well as the ongoing challenges local operators face. Given the Bakken region’s large temperature swings during the year, there was added emphasis to
Participants at the Bakken workshop heard indepth presentations from Bakken operators on the optimal usage of equipment, such as high-volume combustors, tank vents and thief hatches, as well as the ongoing challenges local operators face.
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Project to minimize Bakken road restrictions Anyone who’s driven on gravel roads knows they can turn into a muddy mess when it rains. It’s tough for people who live on those roads, but it’s a real problem for oilfield truckers because weight restrictions are imposed and they’re shut down until conditions improve.
WDEA plans to install up to 50 weather stations throughout western North Dakota, effectively saturating areas with the heaviest oilfield traffic. Seen here are NDAWN installers James Hyde and Alex Rushing at the Arnegard site.
The need to protect the roads from damage is understandable, but because heavy rainfall can be spotty, county highway managers have been known to impose weight restrictions where they’re not really necessary. Oilfield truckers naturally complain, but road managers can’t do much about it because it’s impossible to know the condition of all the hundreds of miles of roads in western North Dakota. That’s about to change, thanks to a project launched by the Western Dakota Energy Association (WDEA). Called Wise Roads (Weather Information System to Effectively Reduce Oilfield Delays and Disruption), WDEA is in the process of installing weather monitoring stations throughout the oil-producing counties to provide local governments with weather information, especially precipitation data, to help guide road restriction policy.
The Wise Roads project kicked off in late June with the installation of the first 10 weather stations (seen here), all of which were sited adjacent to well pads, gas processing plants or other industry facilities.
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WDEA, which operates the LoadPass Permit system for the counties to manage the movement of oversize trucks, is partnering with the North Dakota Agricultural Weather Network (NDAWN) on the project. WDEA plans to install up to 50 weather stations throughout western North Dakota, effectively saturating areas with the heaviest oilfield traffic. The Wise Roads project kicked off in late June with the installation of the first 10 weather stations, all of which were sited adjacent to well pads, gas processing
Hawkeye storm watch. plants or other industry facilities. Plans call for installing 15 more stations this fall, and if a WDEA grant application to the state Oil & Gas Research Council is successful, another 25 stations will be scattered around the Bakken next spring and summer. In addition to providing temperature and precipitation data, each station is equipped with a subsurface probe that measures soil moisture and temperature, which can guide decisions in the spring when frost law weight restrictions are imposed. Stations are also equipped with a digital camera that can be rotated 360-degrees. Because most of the stations are positioned along gravel roads, the cameras provide a current snapshot of the road’s condition. Another partner in the project is the Upper Great Plains Transportation Institute (UGPTI) which conducts research and provides road management and
training services to counties. UGPTI will assist county road departments in evaluating weather data to ensure that personnel are trained to apply it to roadrestriction policies. UGPTI will also use Wise Roads subsurface soil temperature and moisture data to analyze the performance of road-building materials and possibly build a prediction model for the timing of spring load restrictions. The project could pay huge dividends
to North Dakota’s oil industry. If road restrictions are in place more than a couple days, oil companies can be forced to shut down wells because tanks fill up and trucks can’t get to the well pad to empty them. A shutdown can cost companies thousands of barrels of production, amounting to millions in lost revenue. Reducing road closures could save those millions, which also benefits the mineral royalty owners and the state’s taxpayers. w
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Bakken Development and Working Lands Program In July 2018, the Bakken Development and Working Lands Program (BDWLP) became available to landowners in the oil-producing counties of North Dakota. The program, administered by the North Dakota Natural Resources Trust (trust) is funded through the North Dakota Outdoor Heritage Fund, and several conservation, city/county, and energyproducing partners in North Dakota.
• Improving water quality, soil conditions, plant diversity, and animal systems; • Conserving and restoring wildlife and fish habitat; and • Conserving natural areas and creating other areas for recreation.
on their property. Our goal is to work alongside energy-producing companies to make the North Dakota landscape as healthy and productive as possible, while staying focused on conservation and public utilization opportunities.
Since its inception, the program has funded 156 projects totaling over $46 million.
North Dakota's Outdoor Heritage Fund was established in 2013 as a multimillion-dollar program to provide grants for projects that enhance conservation practices in this state by: • Providing access to private and public land for sportsmen;
The Bakken Development and Working Lands Program received $2,170,000 of OHF funds. To date, soil conservation districts and NRCS offices have provided technical support to over 30 landowners to develop grass plantings, fencing developments, and water systems to increase capabilities of rotational grazing systems and increase grassland health.
BDWLP partners, NDSU extension soil scientist Chris Augustin, and the US Fish and Wildlife Service are identifying public land sites which have had energy production facilities in the past. The goal is to enhance surface management and diversity for wildlife through implementing grazing systems. To accomplish this, Augustin is studying soil characteristics within the sites to determine applicable soil amendments and associated grass establishment opportunities where currently none exist.
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Implementing a grazing system and planting grasses and cover crops is one tool the program is using to provide options to landowners while increasing grassland health. The program is beginning to see results: • 2,840 acres of rangeland have been improved through the installation of 58,300 feet of fence, and • 1,120 acres of grasses and cover crops have been planted. BDWLP is a tool that landowners, including those that have energy development on their land, can use to improve/enhance their grasslands. The response has been positive from energy companies and landowners alike. The trust and the North Dakota Petroleum Council (NDPC) have worked together to bring the program to the NDPC’s members and initiate conversations between those companies and the landowners who have development
Recently, the trust and its partners met with an energy company with operating sites adjacent to the Little Missouri River Corridor and discussed reclamation and revitalization opportunities. BDWLP partners with the Department of Mineral Resources (DMR). While DMR reclaims abandoned wells and well sites, BDWLP will revitalize the entire surrounding area. This will give producers options to enhance their grazing systems and will create habitat on irregular lands near development sites. The project will also create urban nature/ interpretive sites near towns within the Bakken. Work is underway to restore and maintain native prairie ecosystems while enhancing public areas. Currently, Watford City has begun construction and Dunn Center is in the planning stages for an interpretive site. w
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Pressure builds for Bakken crude By Bette Grande In July 2019, the attorneys general for North Dakota and Montana filed a petition with the U.S. Department of Transportation requesting the review and preemption of a Washington state law that prohibits loading or unloading crude oil that has a vapor pressure more than nine PSI. A law that North Dakota’s congressional delegation referred to as a “de facto ban” on Bakken crude oil in a letter to Washington Governor Jay Inslee. North Dakota’s oil regulator said that
Currently, North Dakota producers ship 200,000 bbls/day to Washington state refineries in PADD V by rail – that is roughly 70 percent of the total daily crude by rail (CBR) shipments of Bakken crude. the state requires a vapor pressure of no more than 13.7 PSI, lower than the national standard of 14.7 PSI. To get to nine PSI, Bakken crude will need to be processed to remove rich natural gas liquids, such as butane. Comments from regulators and industry state that this additional processing would increase costs and decrease the value of Bakken crude. At the March meeting of the North Dakota Industrial Commission, Lynn Helms, director of the North Dakota Department of Minerals Resources, said “If this becomes law, crude oil will no longer come there from North Dakota. It will 18
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find another home because it would be devalued.”
Mineral Resources met in closed session
Currently, North Dakota producers ship 200,000 bbls/day to Washington state refineries in PADD V by rail – that is roughly 70 percent of the total daily crude by rail (CBR) shipments of Bakken crude. In response to questions regarding where the oil supply for the Washington State refineries would come from if the legislation is successful, Helms indicated that beginning on January 1, 2020, refiners would need to import oil from West Africa by ship. Bakken producers will not strip valuable natural gas liquids from Bakken crude and will instead find other markets.
June to discuss the state’s legal options.
This will idle CBR facilities constructed in Washington to safely transport Bakken crude oil to refineries on Washington’s coast. Significant capital has been invested in transportation and processing infrastructure and those facilities will be shuttered, causing a substantial loss of capital. The law will cost jobs and lose revenue for Washington State and importing foreign crude stock could require additional capital investment by refineries.
pretreating the crude oil prior to loading
during its monthly meeting in May and The initial result of those meetings was the petition to the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) at the Department of Transportation. According to the Federal Register, “North Dakota and Montana present two main arguments for why they believe Washington's law should be preempted. First, North Dakota and Montana contend that the law's prohibition on the loading or unloading of crude oil with more than nine PSI vapor pressure poses obstacles to the HMTA because compliance with the law can only be accomplished by (1) the tank car; (2) selecting an alternate mode of transportation; or (3) redirecting the crude oil to facilities outside Washington state. Accordingly, North Dakota and Montana say these avenues for complying with the law impose obstacles to accomplishing the purposes of the HMTA.” The comment period on this petition closed on September 23, 2019 and a
North Dakota has logistical and transportation hurdles in getting Bakken crude to market. Currently, pipeline capacity is at its limit and additional capacity is years away. The loss of 200,000 barrels a day currently shipped to Washington state would put significant price pressure on North Dakota producers.
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The Bakken is driving the economy and workforce efficiencies One Basin, One Way! signing ceremony with Governor Burgum and representatives from the NDPC Safety FIRST partner companies.
The results are in! In 2017, the petroleum industry’s total economic contribution in North Dakota was $32.6 billion, according to a study done by North Dakota State University, sponsored by the North Dakota Petroleum Council (NDPC). The industry supported 51,400 jobs with a total payroll of $3.8 billion, which accounts for 15 percent of all privatesector jobs in the state and 16.9 percent of all wages and salaries. The industry has continued to set production records in North Dakota this year. June production numbers were just announced, and we reached 1.42 million barrels per day, a new all-time high. We expect to see increased economic impacts as new data comes in and our reports are updated. This progress is a result of not only rebounding oil prices, but also increased efficiencies and better technology being deployed in the oilfields. As the Bakken play has developed and extraction techniques have been perfected, surface disruption has decreased. We have also seen infrastructure needs catch up with development which has not only eased the strain on local communities, but also 20
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contributed to more efficient production. The industry has also made great strides in staffing and training efficiency with a Safety FIRST focus by creating the One Basin – One Way! standardized contractor orientation program. Duplicative contractor orientation was identified by NDPC members as an area where they could increase efficiency and streamline training to improve safety. Before One Basin – One Way!, contractors for the oil and gas industry had to meet orientation and training requirements for each company they performed work for throughout the year. After 18 months of planning and collaboration, the NDPC rolled out One Basin – One Way! and began training classes in June. This program provides safety orientation for all of our Safety FIRST partners, producer, and pipeline companies that will require One Basin – One Way! orientation for their contractors. These companies represent nearly 50 percent of oil and gas production in the Bakken, and we expect participation to grow as this program gets more established. This standardized training eliminates the need for contractors to sit through separate orientations for every site where
they work. By consolidating companyspecific orientation into one program and delivering training on 55 prominent safety topics, the One Basin – One Way! program delivers a robust safety orientation while concentrating on improving the overall industry safety record. Simplifying what contractors need to learn will also lead to a better understanding of the rules and guidelines at all sites, safer work practices, and fewer injuries. The first of its kind, One Basin – One Way! was developed in North Dakota and focuses on North Dakota-specific job hazards such as operating in low temperatures and transportation hazards. The industry needs to attract a strong workforce and showing our commitment to safety on the job will help do that. The program has received a grant from North Dakota Workforce Safety and Insurance (WSI) that will provide partial scholarships for orientation attendees. This is a great commitment from the state that shows the value they place on this training, as well as the enhanced safety and efficiency it will bring to the industry. The NDPC is encouraging all its members to join the One Basin – One Way! program so we can see safety improvements across the oil and gas workforce in the Williston Basin. Currently, the Safety FIRST partners are: Bruin E&P, Crestwood Midstream, Enerplus, Equinor, Hess Corporation, Oasis Petroleum, ONEOK, Inc., QEP Resources, Whiting Petroleum Corporation, WPX Energy, and XTO Energy. w
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the pipeline in 2019 but would be unable to do so and the total
similar processes in other states, as well as determining the safest
financial harm to third-party construction contractors and U.S.
and least impactful route for the pipeline to go from Alberta,
workers would be approximately US$2.56 billion.”
Canada to Houston, Texas.
TransCanada is a large company. What about small business
The subsequent delays are a result of litigation, which has
owners, contractors, and sub-contractors? Tyler Smith with
become the battle ground for political gamesmanship and conflicting ideologies. Extreme activists have used shotgun litigation tactics to battle over oil and gas development; they litigate on the grounds of religious implications (possible Indian burial sites, etc.), endangered species, soil, water, or, as seen recently in Montana, litigation over the general feeling that the administration isn’t doing enough with the current procedures and regulations. This litigation resulted in an injunction blocking pre-construction activities that were already underway. You name it, industry regulates it, they litigate it, with a shotgun approach.
Lakeside Construction in Havre, Montana recently told his story. Smith is a small business owner who invested numerous hours in business proposals and equipment relocation to build and develop a man camp for the pipeline construction crew. Smith was moving equipment and in the processes of getting large material supplies and equipment in place when Federal Judge Brian Morris ordered an injunction, which resulted in a major financial blow to Smith and his crew. The proposals and plans for the camp took weeks to develop. Man-camps require more than just a place to sleep. You need adequate water supply, sewage systems, and places to shelter from the seasonally volatile Montana climate. The camp Smith was working on would have
The judicial activism and litigation by the extreme activists have
housed approximately 800 people. Judge Morris’ ruling would
real-life consequences on companies and taxpayers. In an article
have resulted in tens of thousands of dollars in loss to Smith’s
by Geoffrey Morgan in the Financial Post, the calculations of loss
small business, however KXL picked up the costs incurred by
TransCanada are estimated to be about $2.5 billion:
The oil and gas industry is a pillar to the Montana economy. Alan
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Olson, executive director of the Montana Petroleum Association,
are challenging to meet. The current regulations are effective,
said, “Oil and gas development and industry growth means
they protect and serve the best interest of both industry and
significant job opportunities for Montanans, it means energy
the general public. The oil and gas industry is cooperative
independence for America, and pipelines provide responsible
and supportive of reasonable regulations and understands
and efficient transportation for the oil and gas industry. We
the importance of those regulations to a healthy and thriving
appreciate the Trump Administration’s support of the Keystone
environment. Our industry stands alongside all Americans in
XL pipeline and the oil and gas industry at large.”
being good stewards of development.
The opposition to KXL is one example of how political posturing
The oil and gas industry supports many other industries, such
and extreme activism have harmed the industry, the taxpayers, and our economy. With a projected $3.4 billion added to the U.S. GDP, and the creation of tens of thousands of jobs, multiple EIS’s completed, and numerous legal opinions, isn’t it time to put hard-working Americans and small business owners back to work?
as agriculture, technology, and transportation. It also supports many health and human services programs, public education, and other public programs through tax dollars. It is time for a balanced approach. It’s time to stop slaying the economy on the “alter of the environment.” We can have both healthy and manageable regulations and a thriving industry. Putting every step of the regulatory process on trial is draining our economy
These extremist tactics are divisive and they are hurting our
and the impacts will be widespread across many different
country. The oil and gas industry is heavily regulated at all
industries and public sectors. It is time to complete this project
sectors. Regulations like Montana’s Major Facility Siting Act
and stop hurting tax-paying Americans with extreme activism
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better efficiency and cost. It has also allowed us to enhance our environmental technology such that we are even more confident that the Davis Refinery will be the cleanest refinery on the planet. Our core team of highly qualified and motivated engineers has continued to investigate state-of-the-art and bestavailable control technologies (BACT). We intend to provide a plant which will have a minimum footprint in terms of sight, sound, and smell. We are also committed
to using only proven, established technology to better ensure performance and reliability. A foundation for this performance is the use of digital technology which will enhance our ability to monitor, control, and optimize operations. This will not only provide greater assurance for safety and environmental compliance, but will also enhance long-term profitability and sustainability.
1. The Davis Refinery is an ultra-modern 49,500-bpd full-conversion refinery being built in Belfield, North Dakota. 2. The Davis Refinery is set to be the cleanest refinery on the planet. 3. The Davis Refinery will have a rugged state-of-the-art distributed control system (DCS) with electronic marshalling, wireless transmitters, self-monitoring instruments, advanced process control, and digital twin capabilities. 4. Meridian Energy Group has announced plans for a similar, Davis-style refinery in West Texas. 24
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issued by the NDDEQ in 2018 provides
Any proposed changes affecting air
The benefits of digital technology include:
limits for various pollutant air emissions.
emissions will be thoroughly reviewed
Having now completed the basic design
with NDDEQ for acceptance within the
of our fired heaters and boilers – the
1) Reduced capital cost from more efficient project execution;
The approved Permit to Construct (PTC)
largest source of emissions – we are very
the typical water vapor plume normally
confident that we will not only meet
the permit parameters, but come in
Our design team has been surveying the
well below them with our sustainable
industry to find the best-available digital
technology to be utilized for project
As planned, the major heaters will have
execution, operational control, quality
ultra-low-NOx burners and selective
assurance, and equipment health, as
catalytic reduction (SCR) in the stacks to
well as process safety and environmental
achieve lowest achievable emissions rates
(LAER). They will also utilize continuous
This begins with a rugged state-of-the-
emissions monitoring systems (CEMS) to provide real-time monitoring and control.
art distributed control system (DCS) with electronic marshalling, wireless
We are enhancing the design of our
transmitters, self-monitoring instruments,
cascaded flare system, which provides
advanced process control, and digital
for recovery and recycling of relief and
twin capabilities. It includes a robust and
vent gases. This includes evaluation of
flexible Enterprise Resource Planning
elevated flare designs which will minimize
(ERP) software platform which provides
the impact of a large relief load.
clean and efficient data collection,
Although not required by permit, we have
handling, and analysis.
designed out the need for a conventional
With a complete, ground-up
evaporative cooling water system. Due
implementation of an efficient
to the climate in North Dakota, we can
communications infrastructure, advanced
provide process cooling, utilizing only
equipment automation, and cutting-edge
fin-fan-type air coolers. This eliminates
analytical software, we expect the Davis
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2) Faster project completion leading to earlier operational profits; 3) Increased operating efficiency from better equipment availability, energy, yields, and quality; 4) Increased equipment reliability providing lower maintenance expense; 5) Reduced unscheduled downtime from equipment failures; and, 6) Reduced future capital spending from more efficient use of capital. Process technology Our process technology, primarily supplied by Axens North America, has been selected to provide state-of-the-art performance, flexibility, and durability. The design has been optimized to provide enhanced equipment reliability, including a five-year run length for all process catalyst systems. The fuel products will meet or exceed all current EPA standards for clean fuels, including the 2020 IMO Regulation for Low Sulfur Marine Fuel Oil. We are also poised for any future changes to Renewable Fuels Standards (RFS) and Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) standards for gasoline mileage and octane. Other sites This winning formula will be utilized in other shale plays to take advantage of stranded, discounted crude supply, that is under-utilized by the U.S. refining industry, which was designed primarily for heavier, higher-sulfur, off-shore crudes. We have announced plans for a similar, Davis-style refinery in West Texas. Meridian is building the refinery of the future today. w
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• Demonstrating multiple technologies on working gathering pipelines; • Documenting results of technology demonstrations; and, • Facilitating adoption of technologies into pipeline operations.
engaged in a three-and-a-half-year
Tone Macia, Oasis Midstream’s
program to advance development and
construction and engineering manager,
application of emerging technologies
touted the program, saying, “We believe
that will prevent and detect pipeline
that this acknowledgment of innovation
paves the way for more collaborative
The goal of the intelligent Pipeline Integrity Program (iPIPE) (www. ipipepartnership.com) is to develop and demonstrate cutting-edge technology that can prevent and/or detect gathering pipeline leaks. The program assists in the development of multiple emerging technologies to prevent and detect pipeline leaks by: • Selecting the most promising emerging (near-commercial) technologies for demonstration; • Assisting technology providers in refinement of their products; 28
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efforts that contribute positively to industry operations and public understanding of our business.” Two technology selection rounds (in May 2018 and October 2018) have resulted in five technologies selected for development activities: • Satelytics – Satelytics is a data and
According to Ingu Solutions, the technology detects and locates leaks, defects, magnetic features, and restrictions in all pipelines, with no interruption of service. •D irect-C – Direct-C’s “smart paint” sensors promise to instantly and directly measure hydrocarbon and saline leaks, then transmit alarms identifying possible locations of the leak. Direct-C is developing a film-embedded nanocomposite sensor that changes its electrical properties in the presence of a leak, thus triggering a leak alarm. They also promise no false alarms because the method of measurement is direct and not subject to interpretation. • I nsitu (a Boeing Company) -- Insitu offered a project employing drones flying beyond visual line of sight (BVLOS), multiple advanced sensors, and
analytical platform that promises to
advanced analytics to identify pipeline
automate broad monitoring of large
leaks over large areas of operation. The
pipeline systems. Satelytics employs
promise of drone-based leak detection
machine-learning algorithms to
is alluring because it potentially offers
automatically analyze large amounts of
wide area coverage with automated
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• Southwest Research Institute (SwRI)
greatly reduced cost because the costs
• Members demonstrate responsible
– SwRI offered a project to further
are shared with other members and
citizenship to landowners and
develop its Smart Leak Detection (SLED)
even with technology providers.
technology that uses commercial-offthe-shelf (COTS) cameras and machinelearning algorithms to instantly identify and categorize hydrocarbon leaks. The promise of this approach is that, if it can be mounted on an aerial platform, it could achieve wide area coverage and instantaneous identification of leaks, even categorizing the types of leaks.
• Members jointly use the program to
The members of the industry-led
demonstrate that industry is leaving
consortium currently include Hess
no stone unturned in its search for
Corporation, Equinor, Oasis Midstream
technologies that enable continuous
Partners, Goodnight Midstream, ONEOK,
improvement of pipeline operations
Andeavor, Whiting Petroleum, and DCP
and pipeline safety – even to the point
Midstream. Several others are currently
of developing new technologies where
in discussions to join this expanding
none currently exist.
“The coalition of businesses and partners that make up iPIPE was impressed with our latest round of submissions for new technologies and is proud to be pushing forward with these new ideas,” said
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The all-in-one solution One-piece iron intake manifolds reduce downtime, cut costs To the casual observer, hydraulic fracturing might be considered a relatively new drilling technology that has leapfrogged the United States into the top spot in global oil and gas production.
Their role is crucial in conveying injecting fluids into the shale to start the extraction process. The fluid composition varies, but the constituents always include sand, water, various chemicals, and gel.
But fracking isn’t new; it dates to the Battle of Fredericksburg during the Civil War, where use of explosives to remove the obstruction of a narrow canal led to the discovery of superincumbent fluid tamping.
Operators often observe failures caused by sand building up and blocking movement of injecting fluids entering the fluid end of the pump. Frequently, the reason for this failure is the intake manifold design.
Modern fracking is a product of the 1990s when technologies combining geologyled directional horizontal drilling with hydraulic fracturing allowed explorers to tap shale oil reserves.
Typically, intake manifolds are made from welded standard-steel pipe fittings. For several reasons, this isn’t ideal:
The increase in fracking activity in recent years has revealed process weaknesses. Operators began to scrutinize all operational facets, including the pumping systems used to introduce fracking fluids to wells. Intake manifolds feeding the pumps were identified as one source of failure.
• Erosion and cracks result where components are welded together. • Washed out and leaking areas develop at exposed threads, which are prone to abrasion. Adding to these concerns, conventional intake manifolds aren’t strong fluid flow performers. Plus, the flow path geometry when assembled with standard pipe and
fittings makes it impossible to adjust for optimum performance. Subpar flow paths contribute to slow fluid movement, lack of consistent pressure, and increased wear at key passageway points. When that happens, a variety of problems can result: • Insufficient fluid velocity, particularly at the final bore, causes sand drop-out that further restricts flow, possibly resulting in cavitation and damaged valves, seats, springs, and cracked fluid end walls. • Inability of the manifold to flow “bad” sand containing oversized rocks, which leads to valve failures, cracks, and early fluid end failure. • Unacceptable levels of wear from additional sand, chemical exposure, and uneven sand distribution in the proppant. • Downtime due to clearing sand blockages and repairing damaged fluid ends.
This diagram shows, in the red areas, where flow slows in a typical welded pipe intake when the final ports. The flow snapshot is taken when the final port valve is completely open and Ports 1 through 4 are either partially open or almost closed in the firing order of the pump.
This five-port intake manifold flow simulation shows that the fluid effectively never slows down during pumping and accelerates at the final port to eliminate sand drop out, port blockage, and damage to the fluid end.
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Damaged welded intake manifold showing weld wash out and built-up sand from poor flow.
Nearly all issues associated with conventional intake manifold designs can be remedied by switching to a one-piece design. Choice of material is important; certain grades of iron have higher yield strength and hardness than standard A53 steel or A105 pipe. Castings made of these iron grades may be stronger and more wear-resistant than welded versions. Furthermore, machining cast products rather than welding is a more precise procedure that is less prone to damage or loss of product integrity. Additional characteristics of one-piece designs guaranteeing durability and longer performance include: • No threads or welds that can fail. • Optimized design provides consistent
Weld seams clearly visible on a five-port intake manifold. This technique is time consuming to fabricate, subject to early failures, and causes expensive issues with the fluid end.
pressure throughout. • Slotted base plate holes provide compatibility with multiple fluid ends. • Angled access ports improve valve and process instrumentation access. • Customizable six-inch inlets allow NPT threads or grooved connections. Considering the numerous benefits of the one-piece design, it isn’t surprising that operators who switch to these intake manifolds experience lower overall cost of ownership. The cost of new fluid ends ($50-80,000) and fluid end rebuilds ($1020,000) can skyrocket depending on how many trucks are in the fleet. A one-piece intake manifold reduces many problems leading to repair or replacement while providing an added degree of efficiency
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Optimized coiled tubing string design extends lateral length, improves time to bottom By Stephen Forrester and Garrett Kalmback National Oilwell Varco (NOV) recently launched an expansion of their True-Taper™ string design, optimized for extended-reach applications.
The North American land market has changed substantially over the past decade, with the rise of shale signaling a concurrent shift in both well design and completion methods. With extended-reach laterals becoming more commonplace, the need for a change in coiled tubing string design has become more apparent. To address this need, National Oilwell Varco (NOV) recently launched an expansion of their True-Taper™ string design, optimized for extended-reach applications. The improved version, called TrueTaper XR, minimizes the number of bias welds in the tapered string and assures a gauge-to-gauge bias weld in each instance, achieving a linear taper by gradually varying the thickness of the flat steel strip over almost the entire string length. Patriot Well Solutions (Patriot), a premier provider of coiled tubing, nitrogen, pumping, and wireline logging and perforation services operating in the major North American basins, began research into potential ways of extending lateral lengths using coiled tubing in unconventional shale plays. Recognizing the need to adapt to an evolving coiled tubing market, they chose NOV’s new True-Taper XR string design and began implementing it on select Bakken shale projects. The Bakken proved a fertile testing ground for the improved string design, as Patriot was seeing lateral lengths of three miles or more in the region. Furthermore, the total depths (TDs) being reached by various companies in the Bakken often exceeded 26,000 feet. Patriot’s primary objective when using the new string design was to establish the type and magnitude of performance benefits possible versus traditional designs. Patriot first noted that the True-Taper XR strings were able to overcome the challenging weight restrictions of North Dakota, particularly with regards to stringent frost laws in the spring months. Tailoring the coiled tubing string design to the extended32
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Recognizing the need to adapt to an evolving coiled tubing market, Patriot Well Solutions chose NOV's new True-Taper XR string design and began implementing it on select Bakken shale projects.
reach laterals effectively allowed Patriot to keep the weight in the string where it was necessary, i.e., Patriot achieved a better balance between lighter-weight sections and heavier sections, with the string appropriately light or heavy based on actual wellbore conditions. Previously, longer taper lengths made achieving such precise string-weight distribution in the lateral significantly more difficult, if not impossible. Performance improvements across two major categories were made possible through implementation of the optimized True-Taper XR string design. First, Patriot noted that by using True-Taper XR, the company was able to regularly increase the length of the lateral – and thus the ultimate production zone – by 800 to 1,200 feet on average. Secondly, and not to be underscored in importance, the True-Taper XR design helped operating companies get to the bottom quicker than with traditional string designs. Though this varied based on the company involved and other factors, Patriot noted that a broad trend was in the reduction of time to TD from 24 hours to 19 hours or less. The greatest improvement was seen on the last 20 percent of in-hole time; in other words, the improvement in time to TD aligned with the extended-reach portion of the wellbore. Though Patriot noted that there was no reduction in the number of sections versus previous designs, each tapered section was shorter, allowing for a quicker transition in pipe wall thickness. Coiled tubing will continue to be an important component of the oil and gas industry, but it will also face new challenges as well paths and geologies change, and companies enter uncharted formations with new campaigns. Companies like Patriot that choose to embrace technical change and innovation will find themselves increasingly far ahead of the competition in the coming years. w
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The temperature will not be the only thing dropping for coating applicators as we push towards winter. Lower temperatures will also mean increased cure times for liquid epoxy coatings, and therefore, productivity will be slowed. In some cases, this can affect the project completion date and any deadlines attached to the job. The curing of the standard two-part epoxy for buried field joints begins to slow or even stop at 50°F. As the weather begins to change, the coating specification should also change to incorporate different strategies to keep the same level of production for the applicators. Polyguard Products RD-6 Coating System will maintain efficiency in cold weather applications while performing as an excellent non-shielding corrosion coating. Unlike epoxy coatings, RD-6 can be immediately backfilled following application due to it not having a cure schedule. The same cold weather pre-heat methods used prior to the application of epoxy coatings to the surface are to be used when applying RD-6. At this point of the project, the level of productivity has not been affected. Once the desired pre-heat temperature is reached, application of the RD-6 coating system can begin. Application will begin with a thin coat of liquid adhesive followed by spiral wrapping the RD-6 to the surface. The total time involved with application of liquid adhesive and RD-6 will be in the range of two minutes to four minutes for a field joint 34
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Polyguard Products RD-6 Coating System will maintain efficiency in cold weather applications while performing as an excellent non-shielding corrosion coating.
weld. This time range is given assuming applicators are properly trained. The RD-6 will quickly bond to the heated surface and be permanently adhered. Following holiday detection, the coated surface is ready for backfill. If holiday detection for the weld takes approximately one minute, then most field joint welds are ready to backfill in under 10 minutes from beginning of application. In comparison, a single weld with an epoxy coating can take upwards of 10 hours at 50°F to reach a cure that will be suitable to backfill over. In 10 hours, 120 field-joint welds, or close to a mile of welds along a pipeline right-of-way, can be coated with RD-6 and inspected. If the scope of work for the winter coating project you are completing does not include alternative coating options for when the weather changes, then it should be modified. The RD-6 coating system is an excellent option for applicators with a need to maintain efficiency and get backfill ready. Polyguard Products offers free in-person training to all applicators of RD-6. This service is performed worldwide and free of charge. Further information on the benefits of cold weather application of RD-6 can be obtained at www.polyguardproducts.com/ pipeline/, or by calling directly at (281) 580-5700. Polyguard Products is an employee-owned company and proud to make all pipeline products in the United States. w
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BLM 3175: From effective date to implementation What you need to know before choosing a flow meter BLM 3175: The timeline This rule became effective on January 17, 2017, but implementation has been delayed for a period of two years. The implementation delay was due to the need to develop reporting formats that can be used with the Gas Analysis Reporting and Verification System (GARVS). GARVS is a new database that the BLM is developing as part of the implementation of this rule that will have the ability to receive gas analysis reports from operators. Once implemented, operators will be required to enter all gas analyses into the GARVS. Although GARVS was set to be completed by January 17, 2019, it was announced that the BLM did not expect the GARVS to be ready for use by operators before June 2019, at the earliest. Another reason for the delay is due to unforeseen issues with the formation and functioning of the production measurement team (PMT). The PMT is charged with receiving and reviewing oil and gas measurement technologies, methods, and standards not covered under the regulations, or for equipment and software covered under the regulations. At the conclusion of the PMT’s review process, a recommendation to the BLM will be made to either approve or not approve the device, method, or software. State and field offices have delayed enforcement of 3175 until the BLM 36
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has implemented the GARVS, received recommendations from the PMT, and a reasonable compliance time has been afforded to operators. Now that fall approaches, an announcement from the BLM is imminent and operators must prepare to meet the requirements of 3175.
2. Heating Value Uncertainty Levels –
Areas are affected by BLM 3175
3. Bias – The measuring equipment
The 43 CFR 3175 Gas Measurement Rule was entered into law on November 17, 2016 to establish minimum requirements for accurate measurement and reporting of all gas removed or sold from federal and Indian land. This rule updates and replaces requirements laid out in Order 5, but maintains current standards set in NTLs over the phase in period. This rule also incorporates standards from API, GPA, and others*. The goal of this rule is to improve the accuracy of measurement standards, reporting, and accounting to secure correct royalty disbursements to the federal government, tribes, and individual allotment owners. BLM 3175 key take-aways The following are the main criteria stated in the regulation that work to fulfill the goal of more accurate measurement, reporting, and accounting. These criteria are discussed in general terms meant to broadly define each sub-section. 1. Flow Rate Measurement Uncertainty Levels – This rule lays out specific criteria for the flow meter’s accuracy specifications based on the FMP
category (averaging the flow rate of that FMP over the previous 12 months) [3175.31(a)]. When the BLM refers to heating-value uncertainty, it is specific to the average annual heating value uncertainty [3175.31(b)]. used for either flow rate or heating value determination must achieve measurement without statistically significant bias [3175.31(c)]. 4. Verifiability – The accuracy and validity of any input, factor, or equation used by the measuring equipment to determine quantity, rate, or heating value must be independently verifiable [3175.31(d)]. 5. Components to Analyze – Depending on FMPs, gas analyses through hexane+ (C6+) including CO2 and N2 is required and an extended gas analysis through nonane+ (C9+) is required where the concentration of C6+ meets certain criteria [3175.119(a), (b), and (c)]. Choosing the right flow meter – Specific performance requirements for flow meters defined Compare instrument specifications to this summarized list of performance requirements to choose the right flow meter quickly and easily:
Remote FT4X solar-powered thermal mass flow meter installed on a flare gas line in the Bakken.
1. Flow rate accuracy of flow meters must meet these requirements: a. F or high-volume FMPs (200 to 1000 MCFD), the measuring equipment must achieve an overall flow rate measurement uncertainty within ±3 percent. b. F or very-high-volume FMPs (more than 1000 MCFD), the measuring equipment must achieve an overall flow rate measurement uncertainty within ±2 percent. 2. Relative density and heating value of gases must be reported. a. Average annual heating value uncertainty standards: i. ±2 percent for high-volume FMPs ii. ±1 percent for very-high-volume FMPs. 3. Components to analyze: a. Low- and very-low volume FMPs: i. Gas analysis through hexane+ (C6+) b. High- and very-high volume FMPs with concentration of C6+ >0.5 mole percent: i. Extended gas analysis (through C6+) every time the sample exceeds 0.5 mole percent of C6+; or
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BLM – US Bureau of Land Management
ii. Periodic extended analyses and adjust the hexane-heptaneoctane split to avoid any heating value bias that may exist.
• API 14.5
EGM – Electronic Gas Measurement
• API 21.1
FMP – Facility Measurement Points
• API 22.2
4. Periodic meter inspections of insides of meter tubes every two to five years.
• GPA 2166-05
GARVS – Gas Analysis Reporting and Verification System
5. All meters required to undergo routine verification every three months for measurement certainty and calibration accuracy or re-calibration. *Incorporated API, GPA, AGA, and PRCI standards:
• GPA 2261-13 • GPA 2198-03 • GPA 2286-14 • AGA Report No. 3 (1985) • AGA Report No. 8 • PRCI NX 19
GPA – Gas Processors Association NTL – Notice to Lessees QTR Quantity Transaction Record (a report generated by an EGM system that summarizes the daily and hourly volumes calculated by the flow computer and the average or totals of the dynamic data that is used in the calculation of volume). w BAKKEN OIL REPORT – Fall 2019
Serving the area Barclay Construction has been providing a variety of oilfield services in the Bakken since 2012 It was a natural fit for Justin Barclay to return to Montana with
into valve swaps, hydro-vacing, oil spill cleanup, and DRA tote
family originally from the eastern side. He started out doing
moves. Along with site reclamation, erosion control, dirt work
handyman services in Jordan but soon found he missed working
including pads, site work, final grading, and containment round
in the dirt. He dipped his feet in by going to work for others doing
the excavation. The roustabout services include snow plowing,
excavating in the oilfields and quickly discovered there was a need
weed control, mowing (ROW and site locations), and ROW
for reliable, honest companies, so he jumped in headfirst, buying
reclamation (seeding settling, and washouts). Their fleet of semi/
his first skid loader and trailer.
trailers can handle material hauling in the Eastern Montana/
Since then he has added to his business a fleet of trucks, trailers,
Western North Dakota area.
semis, skid loaders, and hydro-vac equipment. He has gone
During the grueling winters in the area it’s nice to have a shop
from surviving in the man camps to building a shop and home in
located in Fairview, MT. The shop space allows the company to
Fairview, Montana. Several homes in the area provide comfortable
maintain the fleet and handle custom fabrication and welding.
places for employees to stay when away from their own homes.
A crew of hard-working employees has helped build the business
The company started out providing excavating, terminal
into what it is today. All employees are trained with safety being
monitoring, and gauging. As the needs of the area evolved, so
the top priority, including OSHA, H2S, and OQ. The company itself
have the services they offer. Their oilfield services have expanded
maintains high standards as part of ISN and Gold Shovel Standards. w
• Offering roustabout, excavation services and material hauling • Reliable services • Gold Shovel Certified • Member of ISN • All staff OQ trained through EWN 406-943-0121 38
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TROUTMAN WELDING AND FABRICATION
Here to help Troutman Welding and Fabrication is a welding and fabrication
midway through completion. The customer called Troutman
company that is based in Williston, North Dakota. Their services
Welding requesting them to take over the project and correct
include design assistance & 3-D modeling, welding & fabricating,
measurements. Troutman Welding was willing to help and the
repairs, on-site assembly support, and QA & QC services.
building was completed successfully.
Through the commitment from their management and the buy-in from their field crews, their safety record is above that of their peer groups for the industry. The company’s projects range from simple repairs to large multi-well facilities and compressor stations. They also service drilling rigs and can fabricate new oilfield equipment. For instance, during a recent project in
Troutman Welding and Fabrication’s management team has over 150 years of combined experience in oilfield construction. They have a six-acre fabrication facility west of Williston where most of their work is done, but they also have two spreads of equipment that they can mobilize to their customers’ projects if needed. They
Williston, the company created a truck drag, which can be used to
strive to exceed their customers’ expectations on every project
smooth oilfield locations and gravel roads leading to them.
that they complete.
Recently, a customer had another company start construction on
For more information, you can visit Troutman Welding online at
a building, where problems occurred and the project was halted
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Five powerful facts you need to know about refresher safety training By Chris Swider, director of training success, Veriforce Bakken organizations that perform high-hazard work rely heavily on occupational health and safety training to mitigate risk and keep their workers and communities safe. Safety training is a powerful tool that shouldn’t stop at the initial training certification required for employment. Organizations can reinforce important processes and precautions and help workers better understand and retain information that is critical to their safety by providing ongoing refresher training. Here’s why you should make refresher training an integral component of your safety program: • Safety training isn’t a one-and-done initiative. Workers retain less than half of what they learn within one hour of initial training and forget a staggering 70 percent one day later. Refresher courses reinforce critical information, including correct operation techniques, awareness of machine hazards, and proper use of personal protective equipment (PPE) to make sure employees are protected, confident in their abilities, and have the knowledge needed to perform their jobs. • Refresher safety training helps eliminate costly and potentially deadly mistakes. Refresher training reminds workers of proper techniques and best practices, and reinforces the importance of exercising caution and taking time to follow safety measures to protect themselves and others. Without it, workers are prone to accidentally skipping a step or improperly using specialized equipment, which can lead to injuries, expensive repairs, and disruption to work quality. • Workers expect it. Though most Bakken area workers are aware of the unique risks associated with their jobs, they rely on training to help get them home safely. Sixty-eight percent of workers cite training and development as the most important workplace policy. More than half of those surveyed say they would quit a job that didn’t provide proper training. • Job duties and technologies change. As the Bakken shale area evolves, workers often need to switch 40
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gears, sometimes revisiting tasks they have not performed for a prolonged period of time or working with equipment that has since been updated. In either case, they require a refresher on proper use. Utilizing or operating new equipment, even if it performs similarly to earlier models, requires refresher safety training to avoid misuse and prevent accidents. • Refresher training works! According to OSHA Injury and Illness Prevention Programs, employers who adhere to active health and safety programs experience up to 60 percent lower incident rates among their workforce. They also experience increased productivity and lower employee turnover rates. With frequent training, workers are more confident in their abilities to do their jobs, leading to greater job satisfaction. Veriforce ensures effective safety training and refreshing By leveraging Veriforce’s comprehensive safety orientation programs with ongoing refresher courses, you can ensure that your workers start with a strong foundation of high-quality, instructor-led safety awareness training and then regularly reinforce and strengthen their hazard awareness. Veriforce and PEC Safety, which recently merged and provide the industry’s most widely-adopted safety orientation, offer the PEC Bakken Region Overview. This specialized program is tailored to the specific hazards of working in the Bakken region, which maximizes training relevancy and its value to Bakken workers. Employees’ completion of this training program is automatically tracked and easily verifiable by hiring clients, making the PEC Bakken Region Overview course an excellent tool for demonstrating your organization’s ongoing commitment to safety. For more information visit pecsafety.com/bakken. Sources cited: Ebbinghaus Forgetting Curve; Occupational Safety and Health Administration; Udemy Research; and Veriforce. w
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Bakken Oil Report magazine, explores the oil industry and the various legislative topics that revolve around this controversial industry.
Published on Sep 19, 2019
Bakken Oil Report magazine, explores the oil industry and the various legislative topics that revolve around this controversial industry.