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Webinar on Associated Gas Utilization in the Bakken Set for Monday, November 5


The Energy & Environmental Research Center (EERC) at the University of North Dakota, in partnership with the North Dakota Pipeline Authority and the North Dakota Industrial Commission (NDIC), announces it will be holding a free Webinar regarding utilization of associated petroleum gas (APG) from Bakken-related oil exploration on Monday, November 5, beginning at 3:00 p.m. CST.

Associated petroleum gas is the gaseous fraction of hydrocarbons produced when crude oil is extracted from geologic reservoirs. When processed, APG is separated into components that make up pipeline gas, liquid petroleum gas (LPG), and petrochemical feedstocks like ethane, propane, butane, and pentane.

“The rapid expansion of oil production in North Dakota has led to significant increases in the supply of associated gas,” said EERC Associate Director for Research John Harju. “Infrastructure capable of capturing, processing, and transporting this resource is being built rapidly; however, additional uses for this gas are highly desired.”

The EERC, in partnership with the NDIC Oil and Gas Research Council (OGRC) and the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL), recently completed a study to assess the technical and economic viability of technologies and processes that could lead to increased utilization of associated gas.

“The scope of this study included evaluating distributed end-use opportunities that may benefit from the rapid expansion of oil and gas production in shale formations like the Bakken Formation in North Dakota, which we will expand upon during this presentation,” Harju said.

The Webinar will cover information on the results of the study and efforts ongoing to better utilize APG, including small-scale natural gas liquid recovery, compressed natural gas for vehicle fuel, electrical power production, and chemical production.

Webinar presenters include Harju and Chad Wocken, Senior Research Manager at the EERC. Harju oversees a team of scientists and engineers focused on research, development, demonstration, and commercialization activities at the EERC. His principal areas of interest and expertise include carbon sequestration, enhanced oil recovery, waste management, geochemistry, technology development, hydrology, and analytical chemistry, especially as applied to the upstream oil and gas industry. Wocken leads projects related to the development of renewable fuels, alternative energy, hydrogen production, and energy systems integration and holds a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from UND.

To attend the Webinar, visit, click on “NDPA-Webinar Nov 5th 3pm,” and follow the registration instructions. Participation is limited to 100 Web sites. There will be a question-and-answer period following the presentation.

The Energy & Environmental Research Center
Derek Walters, 701-777-5113
Manager, Marketing, Communications, and Outreach

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