Frans Johansson speaks during the d5 Conference here today, Friday May 8, 2015 on the campus of the University of Houston. The d5 conference is held in conjunction with the OTC meeting which has over 90,000 attendees from around the world to see the latest technology in the energy industry. (Courtesy OTC/Todd Buchanan)

OTC’s smaller d5 lineup looks for a big change

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D5’s focus is on ideas, said event host Helge Haldorsen, a Statoil and industry group executive, and d5 looked for some of the biggest ones outside of the oil and gas industry.
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Oil rig count falls to lowest since late 2010

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Producers eased back on the number of rigs laid down this week, idling 11 oil-chasers at a time when crude prices have started to swell again.
A gas well on the Payne lease, operated by Vantage Energy, burns during a thunderstorm after severe weather and lightning moved across North Texas, Thursday, May 7, 2015, in Denton, Texas. (David Minton/The Denton Record-Chronicle via AP)

Video: Lightning strike sparks huge natural gas blaze in Denton

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Denton city spokeswoman Lindsey Baker says firefighters extinguished the blaze early Friday. Nobody was hurt.
FMC Technologies elaborate booth in the Offshore Technology Conference at the NRG Center Wednesday, May 6, 2015, in Houston, Texas. (Gary Coronado/Houston Chronicle)

Dealmaking declines at OTC

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Lower oil prices turned the tide at the 2015 Offshore Technology Conference, as attendance and enthusiasm for bargaining ebbed from last year’s highs.
Ryan Maynus, left, of Siemens, Ohio, with from left, Stefan Tabacaru, Josephj Muscat, Matthew Harrington, Braden Howell, Courtlynn Jackson, Blake Mitchell, all freshmen at Barbers Hill High School, Mont Bellview, in the Siemens booth at the Offshore Technology Conference at the NRG Center Thursday, May 7, 2015, in Houston, Texas. ( Gary Coronado / Houston Chronicle )

High school students get a glimpse of the oil and gas life at OTC

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Students from nearby high schools enjoyed a morning off of their regular studies to see the opportunities in oil and gas.
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OTC attendance falls by 14,900 amid oil slump

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About 140,000 oil and gas workers have lost their jobs since the price of oil began to fall from its high in June 2014.
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Drilling simulators the hot seats at OTC

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The two were controlling one of the many simulations at the conference that allows attendees to step off the conference floor and into some of the most technical jobs in the oil industry, ranging from the driver’s seat of a drilling to positioning a massive platform at sea.
The dismantling of the Offshore Technology Conference at the NRG Center Thursday, May 7, 2015, in Houston, Texas. ( Gary Coronado / Houston Chronicle )
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As OTC winds down, movers gear up to put it all away

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“We have about two weeks to set it up and, essentially, four days to take it out,” said the general manager of the company that sets up and breaks down OTC.
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The oil downturn is good for one sector of the industry: Automated drilling equipment makers

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Manufacturers of automated drilling and down-hole equipment, sensors and oil field monitoring devices say they’re getting more equipment orders and more oil executives are swinging by their booths to talk about replacing drilling processes once run by technicians with automated tools.
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The biggest machines at OTC 2015

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Click through for some of the biggest tech Fuel Fix could find at this year’s conference.
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