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Welcome to the Bakken Shale Water Management 2020 Exhibition and Conference where shale operators, supply and service companies from across the region will meet with leading water management experts and key regulators in Williston, North Dakota to explore new cost-effective water treatment, sourcing, disposal and storage solutions exclusively for the region. While operators adjust to a lower oil price market, new initiatives towards more efficient and cost-effective water management solutions are being explored and implemented in order to remain profitable in a lower margin business. Operators are seeking optimal performance and low-cost water management strategies in line with the latest regulations and environmental considerations in order to ensure long-term operational security in a lower oil price market. With the challenges of keeping OPEX down to a minimum, operators are faced with the choice of adopting either “low-cost disposal” or “treatment for re-use” strategies to manage their produced water. While the operating costs can vary depending on the proximity of the producing wells to local water-disposal facilities, generally 60 to 70 percent of the total cost of disposal is attributed to water-hauling and transportation expenses. Where possible, operators are finding new and innovative options to recycle and reuse produced water for cost-effective and stable solutions. With developments in treatment technologies and strategic know-how, recent innovations in shale water management offer new hope for operators looking to maintain their economic margins under challenging market conditions and to better manage their wastewater. The Bakken Shale Water Management 2020 conference is the region’s leading exhibition and conference exclusively for shale operators and a large array of supply and service providers to explore new opportunities in water management, water recycling and water re-use to improve operational efficiencies and maintain profitability for both pre-existing wells and new operations. While referring to the largest wells, these technologies and operations best practises applies to all area’s in the region - the Delaware, Midland, the Central Basin Platform and other formations particularly where they are multistage fractured.