A few themes are emerging as companies present their stories at EnerCom’s The Oil & Gas Conference 19® in Denver this week.

There is no question all the E&P companies are focused on finding, testing and developing the best science and technologies the industry has to offer when it comes to well completion techniques and fracture stimulation variation. Slick water, hybrid gel, plug ‘n’ perf and sliding sleeve are popular techniques and technologies in use by many, if not all, of the E&P companies presenting at the conference.

Since the advent of horizontal drilling and hydraulic fracturing to produce hydrocarbons from shale formations launched the shale boom, the E & P companies have been on the hunt to discover even better combinations of completion technologies in order to increase recoveries in the Bakken, Niobrara, Marcellus and others.

The name of the game, according to many presenting companies, is gaining knowledge of each respective play. Knowledge is acquired by tweaking the completion recipes and continually making both small and large-scale adjustments in order to maximize the potential of each and every well. Varying frac fluids, crosslinked, linear and slickwater, zipper fracs, extended reach laterals: All of these variations are in use throughout the U.S. shale basins. CARBO Ceramics, for example, offers chemically infused proppant and other advanced technologies to boost recovery rates. Core Laboratories enhances EURs by providing extensive reservoir description and management.

Webcasts of companies presenting at EnerCom’s Oil & Gas Conference 19® can be viewed here. Breakout session notes may be viewed here.

A few notable quotes from presenters at EnerCom’s The Oil & Gas Conference 19® Monday and Tuesday:

“I don’t see us slowing down.”  — Jeff Ventura, CEO, Range Resources (ticker: RRC)

“What we have is a Whiting within a Whiting.” — Jim Volker, CEO, Whiting Petroleum (ticker: WLL)

“Sorry, I have to go:  I’m having lunch with the governor.”  — Ed Holloway, President, Synergy Resources (ticker: SYRG)

“Our job is to create a regulatory environment that allows you to succeed.” — Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper

“Most wells are under-stimulated and recoveries are low.”  — Gary Kolstad, CEO, CARBO Ceramics (ticker: CRR)

“The story is the rate of change of how we’re fracing wells.” — Tim Leach, CEO, Concho Resources (ticker: CXO)

“I’m very anxious for someone to have a successful Greenhorn well.” — Tony Buchanon, COO, Bonanza Creek Energy (ticker: BCEI)

“We’re seeing a move toward just-in-time hedging.” — Katherine Spector, Head of Commodities Strategy, CIBC World Markets

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