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Oil and Gas Research Program
State Capitol, 14th Floor, 600 E Boulevard Ave. Dept. 405
Bismarck, ND 58505-0840
Phone: 701-328-3722 Fax: 701-328-2820
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Oil and Gas Research Program

Technical Summaries
Summaries of all projects funded under this program.
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Research Projects

G-023-051 "Investigation of Improved Conductivity & Proppant Applications in the Bakken": Submitted by: EERC; Program Funding: $150,000; Total Project Costs: $332,432.

G-021-046 "WRAP Phase III Oil and Gas Air Emissions": Submitted by: Western Energy Alliance; Program Funding: $25,000; Total Project Costs: $95,000; The objective of this project is to provide credible, scientific data on emissions from comprehensive sources associated with the exploration and production of oil and natural gas for the Williston Basin.

G-019-043 "Flare Gas - Power Generation Commercial Viability Pilot": Submitted by: Blaise Energy, Inc; Program Funding: $375,000; Total Project Costs: $7,475,000; The objective of this project is to demonstrate the commercial viability of using otherwise wasted associated gas as fuel for on-site electrical power generation and its subsequent sale to the grid of the electricity as an alternative to flaring. Brief

G-019-042 "Remote Monitoring and Reporting of Conditions for Salt Water Injection Sites": Submitted by: Pedigree Technologies, LLC; Program Funding: $23,350; Total Project Costs: $50,862;

G-019-041 "Identification of Shallow Biogenic Gas Systems in Eastern North Dakota": Submitted by: GeoShurr Resources, LLC; Program Funding: $45,000; Total Project Costs: $90,000;

G-018-039 "Determination of the Uniqueness of Reserves and Productivity from the Middle Bakken and the Three Forks Sanish Zones": Submitted by: Continental Resources Inc.; Program Funding: $600,000; Total Project Costs: $7,395,000; The objective of this project is to determine if the Middle Bakken and Three Forks production are separate and distinct reservoirs. Final Report 4-10

G-017-037 "Improved Directional Drilling Technology for the Bakken Formation": Submitted by: Laserlith Corp; Program Funding: $200,000; Total Project Costs: $1,207,000; Quarterly Report 12-09; Quarterly Report 3-10; Final Report 2-11

G-018-036 "Bakken Water Opportunities Assessment": Submitted by: EERC; Program Funding: $110,000; Total Project Costs: $230,000; This project is part of the northern Great Plains Waster Consortium Program and is the investigation of the recycling of water flowed-back after Bakken Fracture stimulation. Final Report I

G-015-032 "Purpose-Fit Portable Multi-Phase Production Measurement System": Submitted by: Ward Williston Oil Company; Program Funding: $98,000; Total Project Costs: $196,000; Status Report 1-10

G-015-030 "Plains CO2 Reduction Partnership Program - Phase III": Submitted by: EERC; Program Funding: $500,000; Total Project Costs: $135,731,052

G-015-029 "Surface Microseismic Study of a Bakken Simultaneous Fracture Stimulation": Submitted by: Marathon Oil Company; Program Funding: $207,550; Total Project Costs: $415,100; (The next file is large in size; please right click on the link and "save target as" to your hard drive before extracting the files.) Final Report 5-09

G-015-028 "Hydraulic Fracturing and Microseismic Monitoring Project - Bakken Research Consortium": Submitted by: Headington Oil Company L. P.; Program Funding: $750,000; Total Project Costs: $14,000,000; Headington Final Report

G-014-027 "Northwest Refining, Inc. Preliminary Engineering Feasibility Study": Submitted by: Northwest Refining Inc.; Program Funding: $40,000; Total Project Costs: $80,000; Final Report; EnGlobal; OGRC Recording

G-013-026 "Surface Microseismic Study of a Bakken Fracture Stimulation": Submitted by: Marathon Oil Company; Program Funding: $106,290; Total Project Costs: $212,580; Final Report-Buehner 11-18H (The file is 106 Megabits in size; please right click on the link and "save target as" to your hard drive before extracting the files.)

G-013-024 "Identification of a Shallow Gas Source System in Southwestern Steele County ND": Submitted by: Fischer Oil and Gas; Program Funding: $5,000; Total Project Costs: $12,033

G-012-023 "Energy Transmission Needs Study on ND Oil Development": Submitted by: Basin Electric Coop; Program Funding: $49,000; Total Project Costs: $201,600; Summary Presentation; Regions Final Report"; Regions Map

G-007-021 "Vertical Seismic Profiling Test of Seismic Fault & Fracture Detection in the Bakken Formation": Submitted by: Marathon Oil Company; Program Funding: $150,000; Total Project Costs: $300,000; Marathon Presentation 9-20-07; Final Report 2008 (The file is 425 Megabits in size; please right click on the link and "save target as" to your hard drive before extracting the files.)

G-007-020 "Surface Tiltmeter Study of a Bakken Fracture Stimulation": Submitted by: Marathon Oil Company; Program Funding: $120,000; Total Project Costs: $240,000; Marathon Presentation 9-20-07; (The next file is large in size; please right click on the link and "save target as" to your hard drive before extracting the files.) Marathon Final Report; Pinnacle Data

G-008-017 "Polymer Gel Treatment: A Remediation for Produced Waters": Submitted by: Aeon Energy; Program Funding: $37,458; Total Project Costs: $74,916; Final Report 2009,

G-006-016 "Cretaceous Gas/Shale Gas Expansion": Submitted by: Continental Resources; Program Funding: $186,120; Total Project Costs: $630,120; Report 8-06

G-005-014 "Plains CO2 Reduction Partnership Program - Phase II": Submitted by: EERC; Program Funding: $500,000; Total Project Costs: $21,487,892; EERC Presentation June 26, 2007; Final Report Dec. 30, 2009

G-005-011 "Remediation of Salt and Hydrocarbon Impacted ND Soils": Submitted by: BioRem Environmental Consultants, Amerada Hess Corporation and the Department of Mineral Resources - Oil and Gas Division; Program Funding: $20,000; Total Project Costs: $40,000

G-002-006 "Digital Thin Section and Core Photo Project": Submitted by: ND Oil and Gas Division and ND Geological Survey; Program Funding: $10,000; Total Project Costs: $39,966

G-001-002 "Custom North Dakota ArcIMS Map Server - Management": Submitted by: ND Oil and Gas Division; Program Funding: $-0-; Total Project Costs: $-0-

G-001-001 "Custom North Dakota ArcIMS Map Server": Submitted by: Kadrmas Lee & Jackson; Program Funding: $7,000; Total Project Costs: $14,000. For reports see Contract G-001-002


Educational Projects

G-022-049 "North Dakota Petroleum Council Oil Can! Program": Submitted by: North Dakota Petroleum Council; Program Funding: $120,000; Total Project Costs: $257,834; Funding will be used to continue the Oil Can! Campaign - an effort to educate and reach out to the industry members, landowners, royalty owners, policymakers and the general public.

G-020-045 "Commercial Drivers License Training Program": Submitted by: Train ND-Northwest, Williston State College; Program Funding: $50,000; Total Project Costs: $354,500; Funding will be used to purchase two simulators (Doron 550 Truck Simulator and the Air Brake Simulator) and a trailer for the simulators to allow the Commercial Drivers License training to be delivered at various locations. Final 6-11

G-019-040 "North Dakota Petroleum Council Oil and Gas Education Program": Submitted by: North Dakota Petroleum Council; Program Funding: $72,000; Total Project Costs: $243,000; The overall objective of this project is the continuance of three education and outreach programs regarding the oil and gas industry. Report February 2010; Report July 2010

G-017-038 "Commercial Driver Training Program": Submitted by: Fort Berthold Community College; Program Funding: $11,900 ; Total Project Costs: $137,106; Final Report 11-30-09

G-016-035 "Contribution of Petroleum Industry to the ND Economy": Submitted by: ND Petroleum Council; Program Funding: $13,000; Total Project Costs: $26,000; Summary 1-2009

G-016-034 "Oil Can! (Good Neighbor Initiative) Outreach Program": Submitted by: ND Petroleum Council; Program Funding: $50,000; Total Project Costs: $133,000; Report May 2009; Phase II Report; Phase III Report; Phase IV Report

G-015-033 "Town Hall Meeting - A Conversation on Oil and Gas": Submitted by: ND Association of Oil and Gas Producing Counties; Program Funding: $10,000; Total Project Costs: $20,000; Final Report 1-09; and Frequently Asked Questions

G-015-031 "Geomechanical Study of Bakken Formation in the Nesson Anticline Area, Williams, County, ND": Submitted by: University of North Dakota; Program Funding: $100,000; Total Project Costs: $200,000; Status Report 2-09

G-013-025 "North Dakota Petroleum Council Teacher Education Seminar": Submitted by: ND Petroleum Council; Program Funding: $17,900; Total Project Costs: $35,800; Final Report 11-09

G-011-022 "Petroleum Safety and Technology Center": Submitted by: NW ND Workforce Training Division; Program Funding: $27,066; Total Project Costs: $1,235,638

G-008-018 "Crude Oil Transportation Capacity Study": Submitted by: Northern Alliance of Independent Producers; Program Funding: $8,000; Total Project Costs: $16,000

G-005-015 "Public Education Program": Submitted by: Northern Alliance of Independent Producers; Program Funding: $10,000; Total Project Costs: $210,000

G-005-013 "Education of Oilfield Fire Safety": Submitted by: ND Association of Oil and Gas Producing Counties; Program Funding: $15,000; Total Project Costs: $201,500; Report 8-29-07

G-005-012 "North American Prospect Expo": Submitted by: Department of Mineral Resources-Geological Survey; Program Funding: $1,445; Total Project Costs: $6,725

G-005-010 "Contribution of Petroleum Industry to the ND Economy": Submitted by: ND Petroleum Council; Program Funding: $20,000; Total Project Costs: $40,000; Study Summary; News Release 10-17-07; and Oil and Gas Tid Bits

G-004-009 "Industrial Safety Training Program": Submitted by: NW ND Workforce Train-WSC; Program Funding: $65,540; Total Project Costs: $281,601

G-004-008 "North Dakota Petroleum Council Oil and Gas Education Program": Submitted by: ND Petroleum Council; Program Funding: $100,000; Total Project Costs: $210,000

G-002-007 "North American Prospect Expo (NAPE)": Submitted by: ND Geological Survey; Program Funding: $5,000; Total Project Costs: $10,000

G-001-005 "Train the Trainer for Oilfield Emergencies": Submitted by: ND Association of Oil and Gas Producing Counties; Program Funding: $4,000; Total Project Costs: $8,500

G-001-004 "ND Studies and the Energy Industry": Submitted by: Gateway to Science Center, Inc.; Program Funding: $10,000; Total Project Costs: $20,000 CONTRACT CANCELLED

G-001-003 "ND Petroleum Council's Teacher Education Seminar": Submitted by: ND Oil and Gas Association; Program Funding: $5,152; Total Project Costs: $12,880



Administrative Projects
G-010-019 "Study of ND Crude Oil Quality Equalization System Quality Bank": Submitted by: ND Petroleum Council; Program Funding: $21,000; Total Project Costs: $42,000; G-010-019 Interim Report; G-010-019 Final Report

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