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?
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Safety, cost driving new technology for removing rigs

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Oil and gas companies are looking at minimizing risk and cost as the number of removals of aging offshore infrastructure rises in the Gulf of Mexico.
Categories: Offshore, OTC
Tim Devetski  is co-managing partner of the Houston office of Sidley Austin LLP.

Commentary: MLPs aren’t just for onshore anymore

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Tim Devetski, co-managing partner of the Houston office of Sidley Austin LLP, explains why some offshore businesses have capitalized on the master limited partnership structure.
Categories: Offshore, OTC
David Eyton, head of technology for British oil giant BP

BP exec: US shale could be laboratory for bounties abroad

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Big Oil companies may have fallen behind their smaller rivals in North American shale plays, but their investments in South Texas and Pennsylvania could one day pay off in unconventional reservoirs abroad, a BP executive said this week.
Spectators look at a Cameron Evo 20K BOP, a blowout preventer, at Cameron's booth at the 2013 Offshore Technology Conference  in Houston. (Cody Duty / Houston Chronicle)

Industry takes the lead in improving emergency well control devices

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Four years after the Deepwater Horizon disaster spotlighted shortcomings in the blowout preventers intended to safeguard offshore wells, government regulators are still drafting long-promised regulations meant to boost the reliability of those critical emergency devices.
The Marine Well Containment Co.'s capping stack is prepared for pre-deployment testing in the Houston ship channel. (Photo: MWCC)

Spill-containment system for Gulf nears completion

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Marine Well Containment Co. will complete an even larger system for responding to oil spills in the Gulf of Mexico by the end of the year.
Malcolm Connolly, Founder and Technical Director at Cyberhawk, a company that  specializes  in aerial inspection and surveying using flying remotely operated vehicles. T( Marie D. De Jesus / Houston Chronicle )
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Cyberhawk’s OTC booth offers hidden treasure — if you can find it

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The unofficial rule of generating booth interest at the Offshore Technology Conference is the bigger the better. Cyberhawk bucks the trend.
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Failure marked Shell’s Gulf quest before massive discovery

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A decade before Royal Dutch Shell fired up production at the largest offshore facility in the world, it drilled an expensive dry hole.
Arno Van Den Haak with Shell Oil and Gas talks about the Mars B project in a round  table with other Shell executives and reporters on May 6, 2014 in the NRG Plaza in Houston, TX. (Thomas B. Shea/For the Chronicle)

Post-Macondo regulations slow even Shell’s Mars B drilling

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Royal Dutch Shell executives said Tuesday new regulators that require weekly testing of the equipment that failed BP in the massive 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill have added as much as a month to drilling time at its massive new offshore project.
Categories: Gulf of Mexico, Offshore, OTC
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