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Bakken Production Optimization Program


We’re working to improve Bakken system oil recovery and reduce its environmental footprint. The program’s success is demonstrated in its results: we’ve increased well productivity and the economic output of North Dakota’s oil and gas resources, decreased environmental impacts of wellsite operations, and reduced the demand for infrastructure construction and maintenance.

BPOP is led by the EERC and funded by program partners and the North Dakota Industrial Commission. It’s an exemplary model demonstrating that state law makers, state regulators, and industry can work together for positive results for shareholders and taxpayers alike.

We’re seeking continued and new members. For more information on joining, contact us at bpop@undeerc.org.

Our Partners

  • Chord Energy
  • Conoco Phillips
  • Devon
  • ExxonMobil
  • Hess
  • Liberty Resources
  • Marathon Oil
  • ND Oil and Gas
  • Petro Hunt
  • XTO

BPOP Areas of Interest

  • Rich-Gas Enhanced Oil Recovery (EOR): Evaluate and demonstrate potential approaches to improve ultimate recovery.
  • Refrac Optimization: Facilitate industry forums on refract selection criteria, execution, and evaluation.
  • Produced Fluid Characterization: Collect and analyze data on crude oil, associated gas, and produced water to gain a better understanding of the resource, fluid migration in the subsurface and support facilities process modeling.
  • Fugitive Emissions: Inform industry and the state on the evolving emission regulatory picture, available emission measurement technologies, and available emission control technologies.
  • Reservoir Performance Modeling: Identify key reservoir and well performance metrics to inform well completion practices and improve production.
  • Brine Disposal Modeling and Simulation: Evaluate the salt water disposal (SWD) potential of key disposal targets and develop tools to assist with estimating the influence of SWD in the subsurface.
  • Facility Process Modeling: Develop a foundational tool for holistic examination of the coupled effects of several operations variables (produced fluid composition, climate, processing equipment, operating conditions, equipment suite designs, etc.) on fugitive emissions, crude oil properties, and equipment performance.
  • Aromatic/Aliphatic Study: Evaluate oil composition as a tool to identify the source of produced oil and improve the understanding of oil recovery.
  • Partner-Driven Activities: Evaluate other topics identified by our partners.

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Current Activities

  • Rich gas enhanced oil recovery (EOR) pilot by Liberty Resources at its Stomping Horse complex in conjunction with the U.S. Department of Energy
  • Data analytics and trend analysis
  • Reservoir characteristics and fluids database
  • Produced water management tools
  • Fluids characterization
  • Facilities optimization
  • Aromatic/aliphatic investigation
  • Environmental support

Additional Bakken Resources

  • Bakken Resources

    Additional EERC expertise and external resources relevant to the Bakken.

  • CO2 EOR Project

    Examining the viability of using CO2 for enhanced oil recovery in the Bakken.

  • Bakken Formation

    FAQs about the Bakken’s geology, age, oil production capabilities, and more.

  • iPIPE Partnership

    Advancing emerging technologies for pipeline leak prevention and detection.

The EERC is recognized as one of the world’s leading developers of cleaner, more efficient energy and environmental technologies. The solution to each challenge brings with it the need for specialized expertise. Our research portfolio includes a wide array of services tailored to meet client needs. We bring cutting-edge science and energy technologies together for the best possible solution. We have a rich history of trusted, dynamic working relationships with industry, government, and research entities around the globe.