Fuel Fix

Black & Veatch Program Manager Javid Talib speaks during Floating Liquefied Natural Gas Technology session OTC 2013 at Reliant Park Monday, May 6, 2013, in Houston. ( James Nielsen / Houston Chronicle )

LNG plants on barges a solution for shale

Onshore natural gas stole the attention of offshore experts Monday morning at the Offshore Technology Conference in Houston.  More »
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Inergy to buy gas processor Crestwood for $1.25 billion

Inergy Midstream LP, the pipeline partnership that began trading publicly 18 months ago, agreed to buy Crestwood Midstream Partners LP for $1.25 billion in stock and cash, adding natural gas processing capabilities as it seeks to capitalize on rising U.S. output of the fuel.  More »
Schlumberger's Praful Desai speaks during the Offshore Well Plugging and Abandonment session OTC 2013 at Reliant Park Monday, May 6, 2013, in Houston. ( James Nielsen / Houston Chronicle )

Well plugging and abandoning costs will continue to add up, engineer says

As more wells are drilled around the world in search of new sources of oil and gas, technology and collaboration between contractors will be key to plugging and abandoning those wells in a cost-effective and safe manner, a Schlumberger official said Monday.  More »
Petrovietnam President & CEO Do Van Hau speaks during the Energy Challenges and Opportunities in Vietnam and Beyond topical breakfast at OTC 2013 at Reliant Park Monday, May 6, 2013, in Houston. ( James Nielsen / Houston Chronicle )

PetroVietnam CEO to Houston oil and gas experts: Come to Vietnam

Vietnam’s hunger for energy is growing by leaps and bounds, outpacing PetroVietnam’s resources and opening potential doors for international opportunities.  More »
E. Dendy Sloan (Colorado School of Mines)

Pioneer of pipe-clearing technology wins OTC award

E. Dendy Sloan, Colorado School of Mines professor emeritus, and his students spent years testing more than 2,000 chemicals, finally developing the first new kinetic hydrate inhibitors to prevent pipeline blockages.  More »
John Gremp is chairman and CEO of FMC Technologies.

Guest Commentary: Development without platforms key to subsea field of the future

John T. Gremp, chairman and chief executive officer for FMC Technologies, Inc., touts subsea processing technology as the key driver of future offshore development in increasingly extreme environments.  More »
FMC Technologies' Condition and Performance Monitoring system

OTC Spotlight Award: FMC’s subsea equipment monitoring system

The new Condition and Performance Monitoring system from FMC Technologies combines continuous monitoring of subsea instruments and sensors with a historic database to help identify potential pitfalls early.  More »
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Networking tip: Making a good impression

Don’t think of the convention as time away from the office in which you can relax and wear what you want. What you’re wearing should be forgettable.  More »
BP Chief Executive, Upstream Lamar McKay speaks during the Unlocking the Future: BP's Global Upstream topical breakfast at OTC 2013 at Reliant Park Monday, May 6, 2013, in Houston. ( James Nielsen / Houston Chronicle )

BP to rapidly expand hiring of graduates, exec says

BP expects to more than triple this year the number of engineering, science and business graduates it recruits as it pumps more money into its upstream operation and seeks to grow its exploration and production around the world, an executive said Monday at the Offshore Technology Conference in Houston.  More »
The high-speed, helico-axial multiphase subsea boosting system from FMC Technologies and Sulzer Pumps.

OTC Spotlight Award: A smaller, more powerful subsea boosting system

FMC Technologies and Sulzer Pumps have developed a high-speed, helico-axial multiphase subsea boosting system that can withstand pressures up to 5,000 psi and runs on a 3.2 megawatt permanent magnet motor.  More »
Harry Miller is director of emerging technology at Dresser-Rand.

Q&A: Dresser-Rand shows off technology to accelerate oil production

Harry Miller, director of emerging technologies at Dresser-Rand, said his company will be showing some of its newest technology used on platforms and on the ocean floor during the Offshore Technology Conference.  More »
David Williams, manager of talent acquisition for FMC Technologies in Houston. (FMC photo)

Q&A: FMC’s OTC booth offers more than product design

FMC Technologies has redesigned its 5,000-square-foot booth to devote 25 percent of the space to recruiting efforts. See what tips Talent Acquisition Manager David Williams has for job seekers.  More »
An aerial view of the Ensco 8502 drilling rig in the Gulf of Mexico. (Jennifer A. Dlouhy/Houston Chronicle)

Offshore operators seek clarity on regulations

The pace of regulatory change has slowed since the days just after the Deepwater Horizon disaster in 2010, but oil companies and offshore contractors are still dealing with repercussions.  More »
John Minge is chairman and president of BP America.

Guest Commentary: BP at forefront of U.S. energy revolution

John C. Mingé is chairman and president of BP America, Inc., says the British oil giant is making major investments in people and technology to take advantage fo the energy revolution in the United States.  More »
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Networking tip: The importance of homework

Spend some time doing research on the companies you’ve targeted. The more homework you do, the easier it is to talk.  More »