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ConventionCoverage: North Dakota Petroleum Council
pumped in a variety of shapes and mesh
sizes, depending on the application," he
characterized. "The material is completely
gone in 10 hours at 245 degrees F. This
makes it an ideal diversion material because it works very effectively when we
need it, and then goes away quickly."
Although initial efforts would rely on
PLA, he added, the company planned to
consider other diversion technologies as
well.
After the refrac and clean-out, Ohlson
said Whiting planned to conduct diagnostics to assess the refrac's effectiveness.
"Whatever the results, we are going to

monitor the well closely, optimizing artificial lift. We will roll what we learn into
our other refracs and further refine the
process," he explained. "In the long term,
Whiting expects to do many more of
these. We feel we have invested the time
and research necessary to ensure a successful refrac program."
Smaller Sites
Tecvalco's King discussed a technology
for heating crude oil for processing purposes that he described as more efficient
and cleaner burning. Overall, he said, it
cuts fuel gas use, requires no electricity,

TOP LEFT: NDPC Chairman Eric Dillé (left) bestows a recognition
of service award on NDPC past-Chairman W. Perry Pearce. TOP
RIGHT: NDPC President Ron Ness (left) bestows one of the association's outstanding public service awards on Ron Rauschenberger
(center) with congratulations from North Dakota Governor Jack
Dalrymple, for whom he works as chief of staff. Rauschenberger
also worked as chief of staff for Dalrymple's predecessor, John
Hoeven. BOTTOM LEFT: (from left) Dillé, Outstanding Service Award

operates at 70-80 percent thermal efficiency, and meets Class 1 Zone 2 classification. He also indicated that the heater
technology is better for employee safety
and reduces potential equipment loss.
King said he received a speedy affirmative from the North Dakota Industrial
Commission to use the system. "NDIC
approved (its use) 21 feet from the tank,"
he recounted. "With a fire tube, it is 125
feet."
He said several companies trying the
new technology in their North Dakota
operations were pleased with the results.
"There is a 50 percent reduction in fuel

recipient Steve Halvorson, Ness, and NDPC Director Jim Arthaud
of McKenzie Energy Partners LLC pause as Halvorson accepts the
award. BOTTOM RIGHT: 2015 NDPC Hall of Fame inductee Kathy
Neset (right) of Neset Consulting congratulates 2016 inductee Al
Anderson of the North Dakota Department of Commerce. Prior to
taking his post at the DOC, Anderson spent 30 years in the oil and
gas industry, serving on the management team of Tesoro Corporation
and as an NDPC director and chairman.

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