Brian Salerno, director of the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement, speaks to industry professionals at the University of Houston Monday at the inaugural event for the Ocean Energy Safety Institute. (Collin Eaton/Houston Chronicle)

One offshore accident can spoil goodwill for entire industry, regulator says

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The offshore oil and gas industry only has to look back four years to see why investing in safety isn’t a frivolous expenditure, it’s hard-nose business, the nation’s top offshore regulator said Monday.
The Port of St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador, is a supply base for Canada's East Coast and its offshore energy operations. (Nalcor Energy photo)

Oil companies warm to Canada’s chilly waters

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Eastern Canadian provinces are promoting their cold offshore waters as a hot opportunity for finding new offshore oil plays.
Charlie Williams, Brian Salerno and Coast Guard Rear Adm. Joseph Servidio discuss safety during an OTC panel Thursday.

Offshore regulators to keep eye on bad actors

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Marine and drilling regulators vowed Thursday to keep a closer watch on oil companies and contractors they say are consistently cutting corners on safety offshore.
Egil Tveit of FMC Technologies speaks at an Offshore Brownfield Renovation Tech Session during the Offshore Technology Conference at NRG Park on Thursday, May 8, 2014, in Houston.  ( J. Patric Schneider / For the Chronicle )

Time may be coming for subsea well replacements

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Several thousand subsea wells may need to be replaced in the coming years, an oilfield servicer said Thursday at the Offshore Technology Conference.
Pacific Drilling's Santa Ana drillship struck oil at Chevron's Coronado prospect in the Gulf of Mexico. (Pacific Drilling)

Dual-gradient drilling could revolutionize offshore industry, execs say

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A new twist on offshore drilling will revolutionize the way oil companies think about well designs in ultra deep-water reservoirs and is pushing the limits on how deep they can reach into the earth, energy executives said Thursday.
John Gremp is chairman and CEO of FMC Technologies.

Commentary: Developing deep water requires a lot of collaboration

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John Gremp, CEO of FMC Technologies, explains that because many new discoveries involve complex geologies and harsh environments, operators and suppliers need to work collaboratively to develop the resources.
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Model of largest construction vessel draws awe at OTC

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Though various models of the ship have been coming to the Offshore Technology Conference for about 15 years, the Pieter Schelte never fails to draw a crowd.
Norway-based Aker Solutions' gigantic pump on the showroom floor of the Offshore Technology Conference in Houston this week can push more than 30,000 barrels of oil per day through hundreds of feet of pipe to floating facilities on the ocean surface. (Collin Eaton/Houston Chronicle)

Massive pumps part of new Baker Hughes unit arsenal

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A recent pairing between Baker Hughes and a Norwegian subsea equipment maker will enable engineers from both companies to tinker with massive subsea pumps and other technology geared to flush out more oil from deep-water reservoirs.
The audience listens to Kathleen Eisbrenner of NextDecade as she delivers remarks in the Floating LNG panel during the 2014 Offshore Technology Conference in Houston. (Mayra Beltran / Houston Chronicle)

Is a boom in floating LNG facilities on the horizon?

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As the country readies for a boom in exports of liquified natural gas, floating liquefaction facilities are poised to play a pivotal and growing role, industry officials said Wednesday at the Offshore Technology Conference.
Trauma Lockers display at the 2014 Offshore Technology Conference in Houston (Thomas B. Shea/For the Chronicle)

Trauma Locker’s OTC booth shows how to make safety simple

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Most of the eye-popping technology on display at OTC is mind-numbingly complex. Others, like the wares at the Trauma Locker booth, are so simple they inspire an age-old question: Why didn’t I think of this?