North Dakota’s oil and gas industry is booming, and the Québec Government Office in Chicago visited the state with a group of Quebec suppliers this May.
Among the visitors were representatives of filtration systems companies Sonitec-Vortisand and H2O Innovation. They discussed technologies that could help North Dakotans better use and re-use precious water resources. Another participant demonstrated a novel laser-based scanning system to help keep tabs on pipeline corrosion damage.
Others included a maker of fiber optic sensors used to monitor oil wells and gas storage facilities, as well as a firm providing software to track and manage social responsibility and environmental stewardship efforts.
Meetings were organized with the Bakken regional offices of major oil producers, and with specialized firms serving North Dakota in engineering, pipeline, and construction related fields. The group also met with officials from the North Dakota Industrial Commission, the North Dakota Pipeline Authority, and the North Dakota Petroleum Council, whose president Ron Ness provided a briefing and an invitation to return for its conference in 2014.
The visit was a collaborative effort with Export Québec.
For more information on the participating companies:
• Sonitec Vortisand (systems for filtering out particulate from water)
• Borealis (software for managing social responsibility initiatives & stakeholder relations)
• Creaform 3D (pipeline integrity assessment software and scanners)
• Opsens (sensors for monitoring oil recovery, gas storage)
• H2O Innovation (water filtration systems using membranes and other technologies)