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September Newsletter: Voodoo Crude? Firefighters test volatility rumors and other newsSeptember 10, 2015
MONTHLY NEWSLETTER FOR SEPTEMBER 2015
IN THIS ISSUE:
NDSC, HESS SPONSOR FREE TRAINING FOR COMMUNITIES, FIRST RESPONDERS
Safety is a top priority for the oil and gas industry and that means not only properly training employees and contractors, but also ensuring communities and first responders are prepared.
That’s why the North Dakota Safety Council and Hess Corporation are teaming up to provide free oil and gas incident response training for law enforcement, county emergency managers and firefighters. The training will be held in conjunction with the 2015 Southwest Region EMS Conference, Saturday, Sept. 26 in Medora.
“We’re proud to partner with the NDSC and EMS Association. We have a safety-first culture where our ultimate goal is zero incidents. First responders are critical to this state and we hope this training provides them with some of the tools they need to safely respond in the event of an oil and gas emergency,” says Steve McNally, Bakken General Manager for Hess.
INNOVATORS SEEK NEW TECHNOLOGIES TO CONSERVE, REUSE WATER
GE Oil & Gas and Statoil have launched their second contest in a series of Open Innovation Challenges designed to make the industry more efficient and innovative in addressing the challenges associated with oil and gas development. The second challenge is asking innovators, experts and entrepreneurs to find solutions for reducing fresh water usage, as well as treating and reusing water from development activities. Contestants have until Sept. 24 to submit their solution.
The first challenge, addressing the use of sand in unconventional operations, received more than 100 submissions from over 30 countries! The winners, haled from a cross section of businesses including the medical, industrial and semiconductor industries. The positive response and excellence of the winning submissions underscores the value of open innovation and the significance of industry collaboration to bring great ideas not only to the table, but to reality.
The Challenge is crowdsourced and open to all: academics, engineers, individual innovators, and companies of any size. Up to five winners will be awarded an initial cash prize of $25,000 USD each, with an additional $375,000 USD available as a discretionary prize pool of development funds.
The Powering Collaboration program was launched in January to accelerate the development of more environmentally and economically sustainable energy solutions. Click here for guidelines and requirements or visit poweringcollaboration.com for updates, submission forms, and first-round winner profiles.
Stay updated on the contest by looking for #GEStatoilCollab on Facebook and Twitter.
ICYMI: VOODOO CRUDE: TESTING DISPELS VOLATILITY RUMORS ABOUT BAKKEN CRUDE
“Highly volatile,” “Highly flammable,” “Bakken Bombs” are all words that have been used to describe Bakken crude, but a Tyco Williams Fire & Hazard Control, a firm dedicated to training and emergency response recently conducted testing to dispel that myth.
“We’ve got people running around saying that it’s like a bomb on wheels,” Chauncey Naylor, director of training and fire and emergency response for Tyco Williams Fire & Hazard Control told the Industrial Fire World Magazine. “It got us thinking that we ought to check into this stuff because we might be called in to deal with it.”
A review of existing data together with live-fire testing conducted by Tyco Williams F&HC shows that Bakken crude is no more flammable than other North American light, sweet crudes, he said.
“We had to throw the BS flag and say, ‘That’s not true,'” Naylor said.
The test included researching Bakken properties, obtaining a sample of Bakken crude for live-burn tests, and conducting the tests. According to the article, about 50 people, including representatives of the U.S. Department of Transportation, were on hand to witness the test.
The results of the test revealed that Bakken crude can be handled with conventional means using products available today.
Companies partner to raise $82,000 total for charities
Activity may be down this year due to oil prices, but that hasn’t held companies back from hosting fundraising events that give back to their local communities.
In August, Purity Oilfield Services hosted its 2nd Annual Truck Rodeo, which raised more than $22,000 for the local 4-H and Teen Challenge programs in Williston. The event is designed to test the skills of area truck drivers, but also serves as an educational event for local residents.
“We had a truck set up so kids and parents can get in the seat and really see what it feels like to be in the truck and be in the drivers’ position and see the limitations,” said Marshall Hunt, president for Purity Oilfield Services. “But we also really wanted them to see what we have to offer, see our facilities and also let them know that we’re part of the community with them, and we want to grow with them and be a valued member of the ND community.”
Barbecuing for a cause
MBI Energy Services hosted its third annual Bakken BBQ in June, designed to raise money for area charities. This year, the company partnered with the Make-A-Wish foundation raising $60,000 for local children suffering from life-threatening medical conditions.
The check was presented at the MBI Energy Services Head Quarters in Belfield. MBI Energy Services is a strong supporter of Make-A-Wish North Dakota.
BITS + BYTES EVENT BRINGS OIL AND TECH TOGETHER
On Monday, September 21st, oil and technology industries will collide in Fargo at “Drilling Bits + Bytes,” a public event hosted by the North Dakota Petroleum Council and Bakken Backers.
The event seeks to educate and inspire the people of North Dakota who may not be directly involved with the oil industry. While it is well-recognized that western North Dakota is deeply embedded in the oil industry, Fargo is not often thought of in the same way. The oil fields feel distant, and the city has a much different feel than that of Williston or Minot.
But what is happening in Fargo is more crucial to the oil industry than people may think.
“What we want to do in Fargo is to tell a different story, on how Fargo is really participating in the oil industry in a different way than most,” said Rob Lindberg, lead organizer of the event and member of Bakken Backers.
“Bits + Bytes” will highlight how Red River Valley firms have found opportunity to grow their businesses in the Bakken. According to the ND Petroleum Council, the oil has created over 65,000 jobs in North Dakota, and added over $12 billion to the state’s economy. That opportunity affects everyone, Lindberg said, not just those out in the field.
Summer nights are growing cooler, which only means one thing: winter is just around the corner.
Many newcomers to North Dakota are often unprepared for the state’s frigid winters and this year, the NDPC and its members are hoping to help those and others in need get the gear they need to keep warm.
The 1st Annual Spread the Warmth Winter Clothing Drive kicked off Sept. 1 and seeks to gather coats, boots, hats, mittens, scarves and other clothing for those in need. Similar to past drives, the companies collecting the most gear will win $1,000 to donate to the charities of their choice.
“So many of our neighbors need help, and our members want to step up and show that they are still active in our state and are willing and caring members of our communities,” said Tessa Sandstrom, communications manager for the NDPC. “We are inviting and encouraging members of the community to join us in this effort and help make this winter clothing drive a success.”
The Energy Information Administration recently released a study concluding that lifting the ban on crude oil exports would be good for our economy and would reduce energy prices for consumers. The study reconfirms the findings of several others from respected organizations stating similar benefits to lifting the ban.
Crude oil exports was the topic of this quarter’s Oil & Gas Tidbits.