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The Largest SHALE Event of 2024

May 15-17, 2024 | Fort Worth, TX | Fort Worth Convention Center

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About the Event

SUPER DUG’s focus is energy production in the shale plays of the U.S. including the Permian, Eagle Ford, Midcontinent, Bakken and the Rockies. Last year’s launch of SUPER DUG was a huge success and 2024 will be even bigger.

With an expected attendance of over 2,000+ industry professionals, over 130 exhibitors and 10+ hours of networking activities, SUPER DUG will provide the unique opportunity to connect with key decision-makers from public and private producers, midstream operators, and leading service and technology providers. And we’re pleased to announce that our keynote speaker will be former Senior Advisor to President George W. Bush and iconic political strategist, Karl Rove!

 Join us at Hart Energy’s SUPER DUG Conference & Expo in Fort Worth, Texas on May 15-17, 2024.   

The Largest Shale Event of the Year!

The oil and gas (O&G) industry earned record profits in 2023, providing needed cash flow to fund their strategies in 2024. And while upstream O&G companies recognize geopolitical and macroeconomic uncertainty in the year ahead, they’ve also been given a clear mandate to secure supply in the short term while transitioning to cleaner energy.

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More about SUPER DUG

In 2023, Hart Energy combined four existing DUG conferences into one, 3-day shale event SUPER DUG which focuses on energy production in the shale plays of the Permian Basin, Eagle Ford, Bakken, Midcontinent and the Rockies. These five major plays constitutes the super majority of all shale drilling in the continental U.S., and in 2024 we're also including Marcellus and Utica which will attract executives and attendees from every shale producing area.

Join energy industry leading speakers for a compelling agenda and phenomenal networking opportunities. Meet top executives from companies like Accelerate Resources, Bayswater Exploration, BP, BPX Energy, Chevron, ConocoPhillips, Continental Resources, Devon Energy, EOG Resources, ExxonMobil, Pioneer Natural Resources, OXY, Rockies Resources, Sandridge Energy, Tall City Exploration and more.

Karl Rove

What the Experts Are Saying:

  I hope everyone registers for SUPER Fort Worth, Texas. It is one of our greatest annual industry events, showcasing all facets of the oil and gas value chain in North America.
Kaes Van't Hof
President & CFO, Diamondback Energy
  Hart Energy DUG conferences are always exciting and insightful; however, the schedule coming together for SUPER DUG is fantastic. It will be a one-stop shop for all things in and around the North American shale plays. The conversations around economics and M&A alongside ESG and operations will be beneficial for operators, analysts and service providers alike.
David Fait
P.E., Integrated Digital Program Leader, ChampionX
  We rarely get an opportunity to compare and contrast techniques, ideas, and, strategies from the single basin in which we focus. SUPER DUG is an excellent way to do so in other basins.
Glenn Hart
Chairman, Rio Grande E&P

Key Topics to be Covered

Join us in May 2024 when industry leaders will discuss topics such as:

  • Price Inflation Impact on Economics
  • Carbon Management
  • Blue Oil and Green Gas
  • M&A & Markets
  • Operator Panels by Shale Play
  • Scoop/Stack

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Advisory Council

Hart Energy LIVE is moving in a strategic direction by getting industry input to drive the conversation for each event. In order to ensure our content is not only relative to you and your peers, but are also timely. SUPER DUG's Conference Advisory Council is made up of industry leaders, game changers and drivers. We are grateful to our Conference Advisory Council members for their contribution to not only this industry and its success, but their expertise to drive the conference agenda to a more robust and thoughtful direction.


Save the Date May 16, 2024 and
Join us at Billy Bob's Texas for the official
SUPER DUG After Party
(6:00 - 10:00 PM)

Enjoy food and drinks, then listen to live country music entertainer Ken Fowler. Entrance to this party is included in the Full Access pass for SUPER DUG attendees, or it can be added to the Exhibit Hall Only pass for a nominal fee. It’s the networking party you won’t want to miss! 

Billy Bobs logo

About the Venue

Billy Bob’s Texas opened on April 1, 1981, with national attention featuring its 100,000 square feet entertainment center, more than 30 bar stations, country music’s biggest stars, real Pro Bull Riding, and a Texas-size dance floor. It became known as “The World’s Largest Honky Tonk”, where more than 6,000 fun-loving folks of all ages could enjoy entertainment every day and night.





While at Billy Bob's,
enjoy live country music
from legendary Texan,
Kevin Fowler

Hart Energy LIVE is proud to announce entertainer Kevin Fowler as the country artist performing at the SUPER DUG After Party at Billy Bobs.  Tickets for the event are included with your full-conference pass.  Exhibit hall passes can add this event for a nominal fee.

Ken Fowler

About his Journey

Kevin Fowler has found a way to live the dream - by earning it.  It’s never been an easy or short road, but it’s a path he wouldn’t trade and has positioned him as one of the most consistent artists, in any genre, of the last two decades. 

His musical journey began playing in rock bands before finding his footing as a solo act in the early 2000s in his home state of Texas, where he burst onto the scene with the celebrated album Beer Bait and Ammo - a mainstay for fans to this day. Fowler released nine additional albums over the following years after Beer Bait and Ammo, including his most recent solo effort 2019’s Barstool Stories.

Meet Our Speakers

You’ll hear from speakers representing the most active players, from the financial community to the producers’ C-suites.
Gregory Davis

Partner, EIV Capital

Molly Determan

President, Energy Workforce and Technology Council

Zach Fenton

Chief Executive Officer, UpCurve Energy

Stephen Gill

Co-Head of Mergers and Acquisitions and Capital Markets, Vinson & Elkins

Austin Harbour

Managing Director, Energy & Power, Piper Sandler

Brad Iles

Chief Executive Officer, Brazos Midstream

Andrew Rapp

Partner and COO, Petrie Partners

Audrey Robertson

Co-Founder and Executive Vice President, Franklin Mountain Energy

Lande Spottswood

Partner, Vinson & Elkins

Wil Van Loh

CEO, Quantum Energy Partners

Kaes Van't Hof

President and CFO, Diamondback Energy

Drew Ward

Partner & Chief Commercial Officer, Pinnacle Midstream II

James West

Senior Managing Director, Evercore

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AI Workshop Tuesday, May 14th
1:00 - 1:15 PM

Welcome and Opening remarks

1:15 - 1:45 PM

Opening Session: AI in the Oilfield Transforming Oil and Gas Production

1:45 - 2:15 PM

AI-led Geological Assessments: Helping Make Capex Decisions 

2:15 - 2:35 PM

Case Study: How AI is Reducing Downtime at the Wellsite/Predictive Maintenance

2:35 - 3:00 PM

Risk Mitigation: Data Protection in the World of AI

3:00 - 3:25 PM

Networking Break

3:25 - 3:50 PM

Demand Forecasting  

3:50 - 4:10 PM

AI Applications for Emissions Reductions

4:10 - 4:35 PM

Case Study: Predicting Well Performance and Production Optimization 

4:35 - 5:00 PM

What’s Next? A Look at Future Uses and Applications

Water MGMT. Workshop Tuesday, May 14th
1:00 - 1:15 PM

Welcome and Opening remarks

1:15 - 1:45 PM

Opening Session: The State of Produced Water and Market Overview

1:45 - 2:15 PM

Beneficial Reuse: New Uses for Produced Water

2:15 - 2:35 PM

Produced Water Recycling

2:35 - 3:00 PM

Sustainable Water Management in the Midland Basin

3:00 - 3:25 PM

Networking Break

3:25 - 3:50 PM

Delaware Basin vs. Midland Basin: A Deep Dive on Water Usage in the Permian

3:50 - 4:10 PM

Lithium Extraction: Getting More Out of Produced Water

4:10 - 4:35 PM

Induced Seismicity: Insights on Challenges and Policies

4:35 - 5:00 PM

Water Treatment for Reuse and Recycling

Day One Wednesday, May 15th
8:00 - 9:00 AM

Registration Opens & Breakfast on the Exhibit Floor

Baker Hughes

9:00 - 9:15 AM

Introduction and welcoming remarks

9:15 - 10:00 AM

Opening Keynote

10:00 - 10:25 AM

Market Overview

The shale industry is maturing, and consolidation is impacting every corner of unconventional oil and gas production. But the need for reliable, secure energy is as great as ever. Bottom line: The world needs oil and gas, and it will need oil and gas for the foreseeable future and beyond. The country’s unconventional basins will continue to play the biggest role on the world’s energy stage. In this analysis, you’ll hear more about:

  • The role of the Permian Basin amid pressures from OPEC+ and Russia

  • Production forecasts and the role of the Bakken, Rockies, Midcontinent and Eagle Ford basins

  • The role of oil and natural gas in the energy transition

  • The continued need to make U.S. energy more accessible, reliable and environmentally friendly

10:25 - 10:50 AM

To Be Announced

10:50 - 11:30 AM

Insights from the Investors: Perspectives on the Capital Markets 

Free cash flow generation has come to the oil and gas industry in a big way. Oil price stabilization, steady demand and moderated growth have left investors feeling more confident. We’ll hear from a panel of expert investors who will discuss:

  • What a smart investment looks like
  • Perspectives on environmental responsibility in a company’s operations
  • How companies should be thinking about oil production growth
  • How recent M&A activity affects decision-making
11:30 - NOON

Eye on the Anadarko: An Independent Producer Adds Assets

Shortly following its IP in October, this Oklahoma-based operator quickly added to its impressive inventory in the Anadarko Basin. The deal returns high-quality inventory for more than a decade and a new rig addition. Find out more about this operator and the deal, including:

  • What made this deal and its acreage so attractive?
  • What is the development plan for the new assets?
  • How does this deal fit into the company’s objectives, financially and operationally?
  • What type of operational lessons and learnings can be applied to the new assets?
NOON - 1:30 PM

Networking Luncheon

1:30 - 2:00 PM

Operator Spotlight

Kaes Van't Hof, President and CFO Diamondback Energy

2:00 - 2:30 PM

AI in the Oilfield: What to Know and When to Use it

2:30 - 3:00 PM

Midstream Masterclass: A Rapidly Evolving Market Aims to Meet Increased Supply

Demand for oil and gas is only expected to grow, and— with several LNG projects poised to come online in the next few years—expected to grow rapidly. The midstream market is working to keep up with supply and demand dynamics, but merger, acquisitions and regulations are changing the playing field. This discussion panel will focus on:

  • The latest in M&A and the impact of recent deals on takeaway capacity, particularly in the Permian Basin
  • Oil and natural gas accessibility in other markets: West Coast, Mexico and the Eastern Seaboard
  • What’s on the horizon? The status of new pipeline projects and how they may affect takeaway dynamics

Gregory Davis, Partner, EIV Capital
Brad Iles, CEO, Brazos Midstream
Drew Ward, Partner & Chief Commercial Officer, Pinnacle Midstream II

3:00 - 3:30 PM

Networking Break


Diamondback Energy

3:30 - 4:10 PM

The Impact of M&A: The Future of the U.S. Energy in the Era of Consolidation

The flurry of major deals in the second half of 2023—supermajors spending in excess of $125 billion in acquisitions—shook the landscape of the U.S. energy industry. Consolidation has long been on the horizon, but where do we go from here? In this key session, you’ll hear more about:

  • What’s left on the market for Tier 1 acreage
  • Who are the buyers, and who are the sellers
  • The impacts of consolidation on the industry at large
  • Investor perspectives on industry consolidation

Steve Gill, Co-Head of Mergers and Acquisitions and Capital Markets, Vinson & Elkins
Austin Harbour, Managing Director, Energy & Power, Piper Sandler
Andrew Rapp, Partner and COO, Petrie Partners

4:10 - 4:35 PM

Efficiency in Extended Reach: A Deep Dive on Horizontal Well Lateral Lengths

It has been well established that longer laterals prove to generate better production and cost efficiencies. Now with 4-mile laterals in the Permian Basin, is the industry reaching its lateral length limits? One analyst will take a close look at how extended laterals in the Permian Basin are faring. Here, you’ll learn:

  • Results of 4-mile lateral wells in the Permian Basin
  • How reservoir quality dictates lateral length
  • How development plans like well spacing and frac design influence lateral length
  • What does the data show? Is there significant potential for increased recovery?
4:35 - 5:00 PM

Still Room To Grow: Development Opportunities in the Eagle Ford

5:00 - 6:00 PM

Reception on the Exhibit Floor  

Day Two Thursday, May 16th
7:00 - 8:00 AM

Registration Opens & Breakfast on the Exhibit Floor

Baker Hughes

8:00 - 8:15 AM

Introduction and welcoming remarks

8:15 - 8:45 AM

Federal Trade Commission Deal Reviews: Insight on the Fed's Second Look at Major Deals

Recent major deals like ExxonMobil and Pioneer Natural Resources, and Chevron and Hess, are being reviewed by the FTC. While the deals are expected to be completed, federal oversight could have an impact on future deal-making. A panel of experts in this session will discuss:

  • How second looks by the FTC could impact future deals
    What might the FTC be looking at, and would could influence a possible deal
  • What types of deals might the FTC not be inclined to review
  • How to think about FTC regulations in future deal-making

Lande Spottswood, Partner, Vinson & Elkins

8:45 - 9:10 AM

Energy Security and the US' Role in Meeting Global Energy Demand 

At more than 20 MM bbl/d, the U.S. is the world’s leading energy producer while also serving as one of the world’s primary energy exporters. But conflict in the Middle East and the ongoing war between Russia and Ukraine, along with shifting domestic energy policies, are creating uncertainty for future energy markets. This discussion will focus on:

  • The role of the U.S. in global energy supply
  • How global conflicts,and the prospects of further conflicts, affect energy supply and demand
  • Supply and demand dynamics in Europe and how the U.S. is helping meet demand
  • What geopolitical dynamics mean for domestic supply
9:10 - 9:45 AM

The Private Equity Perspective: Building a Diversified Energy Portfolio

Wil Van Loh, 
CEO, Quantum Energy Partners

9:45 - 10:05 AM

From the Rockies to the West Coast: Overcoming Natural Gas Supply Challenges

10:05 - 10:35 AM

Networking Break

10:35 - 11:00 AM

The Inflation Reduction Act: Breathing New Life into Aging Assets 

Some aged energy infrastructure either doesn’t cut it when it comes to production, efficiency or emission goals. But a federal loan program aims to retool, repower and repurpose that infrastructure with carbon- or pollution-reducing improvements. Details about the program that you’ll hear more about in this session include:

  • What projects are eligible for federal funding
  • Examples of how aging infrastructure can be retooled to meet federal requirements
  • The long-term cost benefit of upgrading old energy assets
  • How to get your company started for this program
11:00 - 11:30 AM

Perspective on Policy: An Outlook on Federal Regulations of Natural Resources

In 2023, the U.S. became the largest energy producer of any country in history. But with shifting policies and the emergence of new regulations, how does the U.S. retain that claim? In this roundtable discussion, policy experts will discuss:

  • Potential emerging regulations and how to be prepared
  • What regulations might be necessary to ensure market fairness and stability
  • Perspectives on regulations of new energies and new emerging markets
  • An analysis of supply and demand and the energy security landscape
11:30 - NOON

The Full-Cycle View on Water Management: From Recycle and Reuse to Water Sourcing

In the arid Permian Basin, sourcing enough water for the enormous amounts unconventional wells demand will always be a challenge. So will how to dispose of produced water properly and responsibly. In this session, you’ll hear from water management experts who will share more about:

  • Disposal capacity in the Permian Basin: How much room is left?
  • The latest trends and insight into water recycling
  • Getting water to the wellsite: Ensuring you have enough supply when the frac is ready
  • Managing produced water takeaway and flowback: Setting up contracts to ensure access
NOON - 1:30 PM

Networking Luncheon

1:30 - 2:00 PM

Powder River Prospects: Is Wyoming's Mowry Shale the "Next Big Thing" for the Cowboy State?

According to the U.S. Geological Survey, the Powder River Basin has 200 million barrels of untapped potential. Figuring out how to tap that potential could go a long way in extending Wyoming oil and gas plays for new and existing producers. In this session, you’ll hear more about: 

  • The real potential of the Powder River Basin’s untapped reserves        
  • The economics behind new exploration and growing production in the Mowry Shale       
  • How new midstream deals are enabling growth potential in the play’s stacked pay
  • Taking lessons learned from other unconventional basins into the Powder River
2:00 - 2:20 PM

A Deep Dive into the Delaware Basin: Franklin Mountain Energy Makes its Mark in New Mexico

Franklin Mountain Energy is a Permian pure-play private, with over 30,000 net acres in Lea County, New Mexico. The company was formed in 2018 through a series of transactions in southeastern New Mexico and today is one of the largest private operators in the Delaware Basin. Since its inception, Franklin Mountain has drilled more than 130 wells and produces on average 50,000 boe/d. Some of the insights from this operator session will include:

  • The unique history and creation of Franklin Mountain       
  • Insight into how non-traditional capital formation has driven operational success and excellence in execution   
  • Discussion on Franklin Mountain’s execution strategy and philosophy
  • The company’s view on the current Permian landscape

Audrey Robertson, 
Co-Founder and Executive Vice President Finance, Franklin Mountain Energy

2:20 - 3:10 PM

Policy and Regulation: Taking a Deep Dive into the New Methane Emissions Rules

In December 2023, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency issued new rules governing methane emissions from oil and gas sites across the country. The rules aim to prevent 1.5 billion tons of greenhouse gas emissions. The regulation is likely to have significant impact on any company operating in the oil and gas industry in the U.S. Among the topics this session will cover will include:

  • Regulation details: What are they and what do they mean?
  • How these new rules could affect the industry as a whole
  • How to get in step: What companies need to do to be in compliance with new regulations
  • What’s the cost of noncompliance?
3:10 - 3:45 PM

Networking Break


Diamondback Energy

3:45 - 4:05 PM

Details of Permian Success Story: Private Equity-Backed Delaware Basin Producer Reveals its Post Consolidation Plans

Backed by Post Oak Energy Capital, UpCurve Energy was formed in 2015. The core team of ex-ConocoPhillips colleagues focuses on leveraging technology and innovation to develop and operate more than 20,000 acres in the Delaware Basin. In this session, you’ll hear from top leadership from UpCurve as they share insight, including:    

  • A snapshot of the company’s Permian Basin acreage and perspective on M&A
  • Production plans for 2024 and beyond     
  • The company’s perspective on adopting and implementing new technologies
  • The role of private equity in today’s market landscape

Zach Fenton, CEO, UpCurve Energy 

4:05 - 4:25 PM

Drilling Advances: Capitalizing on Efficiencies in Extended-Reach Laterals

Although many public companies are planning “maintenance programs” for 2024, technological innovations and efficiencies in drilling and completions are still resulting in slight production increases. That’s also a result of longer laterals—as much as 8% longer in the Eagle Ford, according to TD Cowen. Joining this session will be a panel of technology experts, who will discuss: 

  • How efficiencies are increasing oil productivity on a per-foot basis for the first time since 2021·        
  • How much farther can we go? Examining the limits of extended-reach laterals       
  • Trends and insights into the latest drilling technologies and advancements     
  • Understanding the reservoir: How to manage drilling programs in challenging shale basins
4:25 - 5:00 PM

Keynote Address: Perspectives from the White House Chief of Staff 

From 2000 to 2007 Karl Rove served as Senior Advisor to former President George W. Bush, and from 2004 to 2007 as Deputy Chief of Staff. Known as “The Architect” of President Bush’s 2000 and 2004 campaigns, Rove now is a frequent contributor to Fox News, writes a weekly op-ed for The Wall Street Journal and is a New York Times bestselling author. Listen in as Rove will share his unique insight into today’s political landscape and share his experiences while serving in the White House.
Karl Rove - Former Senior Advisor to President George W. Bush and iconic political strategist

5:00 - 6:00 PM
Reception on the Exhibit Floor
6:00 - 10:00 PM

Official SUPER DUG After Party

Join us at Billy Bob's Texas and enjoy food and drinks, then listen to live country music featuring Kevin Fowler. Entrance to this party is included in the Full Access pass for SUPER DUG attendees, or it can be added to the Exhibit Hall Only pass for a nominal fee. It’s the networking party you won’t want to miss! 




Day Three Friday, May 17th
8:00 - 9:00 AM

Registration Opens & Breakfast on the Exhibit Floor

Baker Hughes

9:00 - 9:10 AM

Introduction and welcoming remarks

9:10 - 9:35 AM

To Be Announced

9:35 - 10:00 AM

Averting the Next Energy Crisis: Finding New Talent for the Industry 

Recent industry reports are finding what many already know: Finding enough—and the right kind—of new talent for the oil and gas industry is becoming increasingly challenging. As the oil and gas industry continues to find its way amid the Energy Transition, finding that talent is critical to sustained success. Some of the key topics covered in this session will include:

  • Identifying the challenge: Understanding the reasons for the talent shortage
  • Getting in at the ground floor: Ways the industry can enhance the prospects of a career in oil and gas
  • Finding the right talent: Identifying the leaders of tomorrow in a competitive hiring environment
  • Retaining talent: What needs to be done to make sure your workforce stays competitive and motivated

Molly Determan, President, Energy Workforce and Technology Council

10:00 - 10:30 AM

Networking Break

10:30 - 10:55 AM

Service Costs and Availability Amid a Volatile Market

With operators tempering production growth estimates, instead focusing on returning cash to shareholders, what does that mean for the service industry? 2024 could see more readily available frac crews and rigs with potential discounts. Key takeaways from this discussion will include:

  • The impact of rig counts on service pricing
  • The consolidation effect: What does it all mean for the service industry?
  • Where are the bottlenecks in services, and how are they overcome?
  • Where can value be found in service offerings?

James West, Senior Managing Director, Evercore

10:55 - 11:20

Methane Mitigation: Solutions and Insight into Managing Emissions and Understanding Regulations

The emissions reductions landscape is rapidly evolving, with new EPA rules regulating methane emissions being announced in December. Understanding what it all means is critical to maintaining a social license as well as ensuring operations meet policy requirements. In this session, you’ll hear more about:

  • Understanding where methane emissions are most likely to occur
  • Methods to reduce or eliminate methane emissions
  • Emerging technologies to know and understand
  • Making sense of the EPAs new emission regulation policy
11:20 - 11:40

Permian Highway Pipeline: Placing a Priority On Permian Associated Gas

Kinder Morgan’s recent expansion of the Permian Highway Pipeline is taking about 550 MMcf/d more natural gas from the Permian Basin to the Gulf Coast. This project, along with other new Permian pipeline projects, means there are more avenues to get associated gas to market and capitalize on growing natural gas demand. Some key takeaways from this session will include:      

  • The impact of the Permian Highway Pipeline expansion will have on natural gas prices
  • What increased takeaway capacity means for the Permian Basin      
  • How this project will help meet natural gas demand for LNG
11:40 - 12:05

New EPA Oversight Efforts: What Does it Mean for Your Business

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has signaled it will step up its compliance standards for oil and gas facilities with the goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions, with gas flaring and storage tank emissions likely to be main targets. Understanding new policies and regulations will be key to maintaining responsible and compliant operations. Takeaways from this discussion will include:

  • Steps the oil and gas industry can take now to ensure future compliance
  • Key legal risks facing the industry as the EPA moves to increase its climate change oversight
  • How the EPAs increased focus on methane emissions will impact the oil and gas industry
  • An understanding of EPA timelines and when new oversight efforts might ramp up

Conference Adjourns

Robert Anderson

DirectorPermian Resources Board of Directors

Tony Barrett

Vice President & Chief GeoscientistContinental Resources

Douglas Brooks

DirectorDE Brooks Company

Nissa Darbonne

Executive Editor-at-LargeHart Energy

David Deckelbaum

Managing Director/ET and SustainabilityCowen

Molly Determan

PresidentEnergy Workforce and Technology Council

David Fait

Integrated Digital Program LeaderChampionX

Sebastian Gass

Chief Technology OfficerQuantum Capital Group

Duane Germenis

PresidentIntelligent Water Solutions

Glenn Hart

President & CEORio Grande E&P

Hinds Howard

Portfolio Manager/InfrastructureCBRE Investment Management

Ryan Keys

Founder/ChairmanTriple Crown Resources

Lee Maginniss

Managing Director, Global Leader, Energy PracticeAlvarez and Marsal

Ken Medlock

Senior DirectorBaker Institute Center for Energy Studies

Kaes Van't Hof

President & CFODiamondback Energy

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