Fuel Fix

Tesco's Directional Liner Drilling System enables drillers to simultaneously drill and case a hole with a liner, therefore eliminating time spent with an open hole. Workers check liner hanger before it is run in a well. The technology will be featured at the Offshore Technology Conference.  (Courtesy of Tesco.)

Tesco 1Q profit falls, revenue beats Street’s view

Tesco Corp. said Monday that its first-quarter net income fell 39 percent, hurt by reduced rig activity in North America.  More »
In this Feb. 18, 2013 file photo, North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory delivers the State of the State address at the Legislative Building in Raleigh, N.C. Nearly four months into his job as North Carolina’s governor, McCrory’s former employer, he Charlotte-based law firm Moore & Van Allen, is receiving unaccustomed public attention for its behind-the-scenes role in some of the state’s biggest news stories of the year.(AP Photo/Ted Richardson, file)

McCrory visiting Texas to talk offshore energy

Gov. Pat McCrory is visiting an offshore energy trade conference in Texas to try to help build momentum for drilling off the coast of North Carolina and other states.  More »
A Petrohawk Energy Co. drilling site at the Eagle Ford Shale in McMullen County. (Jake Lacey)

Opinion: The oil and gold booms are over

The wreckage caused by China’s great, juddering slowdown continues to spread far beyond the country’s shores. Although most commodities enjoyed a bounce on May 3, after better-than-expected U.S. employment data, the plunge in their prices over the past few months suggests the past decade’s rally is truly broken.  More »
Hans Wagner, president of ClampOn, holds a particle monitor at the company's Houston office Friday May 03, 2013.(Dave Rossman photo)

Norwegian innovators bring North Sea technology to the Gulf

The move of offshore drilling into ever-deeper waters, and the accompanying technical challenges, have been a boon to Norwegian technology companies.  More »
@OTCHouston via Twitter: The Annual OTC Dinner is tonight on the floor of Reliant Stadium!

OTC makes a splash with opening dinner

Reliant Stadium was decked with replicas of jellyfish and marine-green streamers, a nod to the underwater focus, as the 2013 Offshore Technology Conference kicked off its third annual dinner.  More »
A BHP Arkansas natural gas project  using Superior Energy Services' CATS automated technology for various completion components.

OTC Spotlight Award: Superior rig improves automated completions

Superior Energy Services’ new Complete Automated Technology System rig conducts well completion with automated machinery, improving efficiency and safety.  More »
Offshore Energy Center's Ocean Star museum. It's a former working rig converted into a museum in Galveston. (Offshore Energy Center)

Offshore Energy Center named OTC dinner beneficiary

What started as the conversion of an abandoned drilling rig into an energy museum has evolved into the centerpiece of an organization that touches not only the offshore industry but the community as well.  More »

Networking tip: How to meet and greet

The key to confidently meeting and greeting people you don’t know? Practice.  More »

Networking tip: Getting ready for OTC

If you’re heading to OTC, now is the time to make sure your online presence is in good shape.  More »
All-American: Akaushi beef burger with lettuce, tomato, aioli, bread and butter pickles and beer mustard, at the Burger Guys' downtown shop, Thursday, Oct. 11, 2012, in Houston. ( Michael Paulsen / Houston Chronicle )

OTC Guide to Houston’s restaurants and entertainment

Looking for ways to spend your free time during the OTC? Here are guides to some of Houston’s best restaurants, bars, clubs and sites, plus trails for running, which you’ll need to do to work off all those margaritas.       Food, Drinks & Entertainment   Best spots for barbecue Houston’s most memorable barbecue […]  More »
BP's Thunder Horse Platform is moved into the Gulf of Mexico by tug boats. (Photo: BP)

Bytes and bits: New computers boost efficiency, safety of offshore drilling

Better computers, sensors and automation tools are allowing the search for oil to go deeper, farther and faster with fewer workers in harm’s way.  More »
Louis Hernandez, left, and Nathan Dean of Fossil Exhibits, work on setting up the Survival Systems International booth on the exhibition floor at Offshore Technology Conference 2013 at Reliant Park Friday, May 3, 2013, in Houston.(Brett Coomer / Houston Chronicle)

OTC 2013 preps for a bigger, more diverse audience

This week’s Offshore Technology Conference will have a more consciously diverse focus than ever before, with a program full of speakers from around the world.  More »
Gamal Hassan, CEO of Houston-based consultant firm ADH International Group and chairman of the 2013 Offshore Technology Conference. (Offshore Technology Conference)

OTC will embrace broad perspective on innovation, chairman says

Gamal Hassan, chairman of the 2013 Offshore Technology Conference, says the mega-event will turn more attention to national oil companies than in previous years, with a broad focus on geography and technology.  More »
1974 - Offshore Technology Conference attendees take a closer look at a platform model in the Astrohall. (Fred Bunch/Houston Chronicle)

OTC: A look back through photos

The annual Offshore Technology Conference was born in 1969. In this collection of historic photos, take a look at how the technology has evolved over the conference’s 44 years.  More »
In this April 25, 2013, motorists drive past the El Palito refinery, near Moron, Venezuela. The oil flowing from the El Palito refinery sells for more than five times what it cost when President Hugo Chavez took office in 1999. Yet when Chavez died in March he left Venezuela's cash cow, its state-run oil company, in such dire straits that analysts say $100-a-barrel oil may no longer be enough to keep the country afloat barring a complete overhaul of a deteriorating petroleum industry. (AP Photo/Fernando Llano)

Outlook grim in Venezuela’s essential oil industry

PDVSA, which accounts for 96 percent of the country’s export earnings, no longer “generates enough income to cover all its costs and finance its commitments,” said Pedro Luis Rodriguez Sosa, an energy expert at the Institute for Advanced Studies in Administration in Caracas.  More »