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Lee Tillman, vice president, engineering, ExxonMobil Development Company, gives a presentation on large-scale projects in the Arctic at OTC 2013 Wednesday, May 8, 2013, in Houston. ( Brett Coomer / Houston Chronicle )

Megaprojects change countries, but breed trouble

There is a growing number of oil megaprojects in the world that are so huge that they transform national economies and educational systems. But their size and complexity has led to costly problems.  More »
Annell Bay

Guest Commentary: Technology leads to abundant energy

Annell R. Bay, vice president of global exploration for Marathon Oil Corp., calls on the industry to commit to safe operations and to support math and science education, in order to optimize the modern U.S. energy revolution.  More »
Former Enron CEO Jeff Skilling (AP file photo/David J. Phillip)

Enron’s Jeff Skilling may get decade off sentence in U.S. deal

Jeffrey Skilling, the convicted former Enron Corp. chief executive, may get out of prison in four years if a federal judge approves a deal proposed by prosecutors that would allow the payment of more than $40 million to victims of one of the biggest financial frauds in U.S. history.  More »
Greg Garland is chairman and CEO of Phillips 66. (Phillips 66 photo)

Phillips 66 CEO: ‘By all metrics, we feel very good’

Phillips 66 CEO Greg Garland said he doesn’t expect the Keystone XL pipeline to gain U.S. approval this year and suggested regulators will need to “fix” requirements governing the blending of biofuels into gasoline. But Garland said neither of those issues are of serious concern to Phillips 66, which held its first shareholders meeting Wednesday.  More »
Anthony Sookram has his photo taken at the Halliburton booth in front of a mural of a rig at the Offshore Technology Conference May 8, 2013 in Houston.

(Eric Kayne/For the Chronicle)

Striking a pose at OTC

It’s an old but popular marketing technique; people like to have their picture taken, especially in front of a big drilling platform.  More »

Have a beer, buy a crane

Liebherr is not a brand of beer. But if you didn’t know better, you’d swear it is.  More »
Christina Hernandez shows off her footwear at the Offshore Technology Conference May 8, 2013 in Houston.

(Eric Kayne/For the Chronicle)

The flip-flop brigade at OTC

The Offshore Technology Conference is huge. And the parking lot and train station is a long way away from the trade show floor. So smart women are coming into Reliant Park in flip-flops, sneakers and other comfy footwear. Then they pop into one of the bathrooms and trade out their comfort footwear for business pumps […]  More »
David Eyton, head of technology for British oil giant BP

Q&A: BP technology chief discusses efforts to solve industry challenges

David Eyton, who will discuss value creation through global technology as part of an Offshore Technology Conference panel on Thursday, talked shop recently with FuelFix.  More »
Marty Massey, CEO of MWCC, speaks during a well containment demonstration at OTC2013 Wednesday, May 8, 2013, at Reliant Park in Houston. ( Brett Coomer / Houston Chronicle )

Gulf emergency spill equipment put to the test

A major shortcoming in the oil industry’s first full-scale deployment drills of emergency equipment meant to rein in runaway wells may be that the simulated wellheads deep in the Gulf of Mexico aren’t actually gushing oil and gas during those tests.  More »
Dan Kluk during day three of the Offshore Technology Conference at Reliant Center Wednesday, May 8, 2013, in Houston. (Cody Duty / Houston Chronicle)

Technology monitors riser stress in real time

At the Offshore Technology Conference on Wednesday, Dan Kluk, a mechanical and systems engineer at Houston-based Stress Engineering Services, offered a paper on a real-time riser fatigue monitoring system that has been tested in deep waters.  More »
Attendees stand in line for food from Bernie's Burger Bus, during day two of the Offshore Technology Conference at Reliant Center Tuesday, May 7, 2013, in Houston. (Cody Duty / Houston Chronicle)

The food truck craze hits OTC

Add food trucks to the list of things that people are lining up for at OTC this year. There are some new additions, along with old reliables like pizza and burgers.  More »
Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement's Michael Saucier left, speaks with Apache Deepwater's Terri Young right, as the bureau's Bill Lee center and Peter Hosch 2nd from right, look on during OTC 2013 at Reliant Park Tuesday, May 7, 2013, in Houston. ( James Nielsen / Houston Chronicle )

OTC attendees: Uncle Sam is looking for you

Private businesses aren’t the only ones searching for talent at the Offshore Technology Conference. Federal regulators also are recruiting engineers and would-be inspectors to join their ranks.  More »