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Technology is what has made the Bakken Oil play the game changer that has the world focusing on North Dakota.

Horizontal Drilling paired with hydraulic fracturing are the two key procedures to tap into the shale formation where the oil is trapped.

But technology continues to evolve the process and some of that is on display at this years expo.

The key to success in the Bakken is being able to find ways to do business better, cheaper, and more safely.

That's the driving force behind many at this years Expo.

Henri Tessier Tess-e-ay with Calscan Energy Services out of Texas, says every one of their down-hole measuring devices and data loggers is the next generation of technology including their separator.

That's the equipment that separators the water, oil and gas once it reaches the service.

Tessier says most equipment until now was gas operators, but with innovation they've introduced an electric separator that is solar powered.

(Henri Tessier, Calscan Energy Services) What happens there you're always venting fuel gas from the instrumentation. We vent over a million cubic feet of that, methane gas in our instrumentation in North America. So we designed a control system that uses solar power and batteries so we run everything electric."

Tessier says zero emission is as clean as it comes.

(Henri Tessier, Calscan Energy Services) "more of our installs have been in Canada and we've had really good success."

In the frac'ing process another innovative concept that comes in a small package or orb rather, was sitting right next door.

(Gary Smith, Bubbletight) "This is the newest thing in frac balls. It is a dissolvable metal ball that eliminates the challenges that companies have with frac balls getting stuck in the well."

Smith says some companies had been using composite frac balls down hole during the frac'ing staged process.

When they'd get stuck, rather than flow back to the surface they would have to bring in special costly coiling tube to remove it.

(Gary Smith, Bubbletight) "It's a magnesium alloy material nothing the EPA should have any problem with or like that and it will dissolve with salt water.

So when the frac'ing is done, the balls dissolve and the oil and gas can start to flow.

Smith says orders can be customized and best of all it's USA made right in Texas.

Just two of the more than 280 exhibitors that are targeting the Bakken for business at this years show.

Shaun Sipma KX News.

The Bakken Expo continues through Thursday here at the State Fair Center in Minot.

Shaun Sipma reporting Live.

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