North Dakota Oil Boom: Key Challenges Facing the State

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Post date: November 16, 2012
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This week I traveled to Houston Texas to take part in the 2012 Transatlantic Science Week - Energy Technology Workshop. I gave a presentation titled - Technical and Social Challenges when North Dakota becomes the second largest oil producing state in the USA. The Great Plains Institute is working to help build continued collaboration between the energy-rich Norway and North Dakota.
 
My presentation is a follow-up activity relating to a North Dakota delegation to Norway this past June to learn more about Norway’s impressive energy system.  The delegation was organized by the Great Plains Institute, with assistance from the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory.
 
Delegation participants included top state and local government officials; state legislators; executives from engineering, electric power, and bioenergy sectors; representatives of universities and research institutions; conservation advocates; and the media. The purpose of Transatlantic Science Week is to help promote collaborative efforts between research, innovation and educational institutions in the US and Norway.  The event is an opportunity to build on the work and relationships developed during the previous delegation visit.
 
GPI is exploring future opportunities between the nation and state that could lead to a number of beneficial potential outcomes: 
  • Exchange of information and ideas on policy and technology best practices in fields of mutual interest, including oil and gas production, long-term management and investment of oil and gas revenue, CCS and CO2-EOR, advanced biofuels, bio-chemicals and bio-products, and regional expansion of the transmission grid and integration of wind and hydroelectric renewable electricity;
  • Public and private research partnerships and faculty and student exchanges in energy-related fields; and
  • Joint ventures and investments in the demonstration and commercialization of key energy technologies.
For more information on Transatlantic Science Week 2012, click here