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Networking tips: Roaming recruiters

Recruiters are trolling for job candidates. What better place to launch a conversation than over a soda at the convention concession stand?  More »
Sterling Willis, councillor of Paradise, Newfoundland, Canada.

Newfoundland mayor lures oil companies to Paradise

Sterling Willis, who is representing the less than 20,000 residents in the town of Paradise in Eastern Canada, has come annually to the Offshore Technology Conference for the last twenty or so years, hoping to persuade energy companies to set up shop in Paradise.  More »
A section of subsea pipe insulated with Dow Chemical's Neptune Advanced Subsea Flow Assurance Insulation System.

OTC Spotlight Award: Dow offers end-to-end pipeline insulation

If pipeline insulation can’t be sexy, it might as well be simple.  More »

Shell announces plans to build world’s deepest production facility

Royal Dutch Shell plans to build the world’s deepest production facility in the Gulf of Mexico — a floating production, storage, and offloading vessel (FPSO) — the company said Wednesday morning,  More »
Tricab's virtual saleswoman at the Offshore Technology Conference.Tricab's virtual saleswoman at the Offshore Technology Conference.

Virtual saleswoman attracts OTC passersby with winks and smiles (video)

Tricab, a Massachusetts cable company, is luring potential customers to its OTC booth with a virtual display Richelle, a Netherlands model.  More »
PEMEX's E&P director Carlos Morales-Gil speaks during day three of the Offshore Technology Conference at Reliant Center Wednesday, May 8, 2013, in Houston. (Cody Duty / Houston Chronicle)

Pemex leader calls for deeper offshore development in Mexico

Mexico’s greater reliance on hydrocarbons for the energy it consumes compared to the rest of the world has created an imbalance between the amount of oil it produces and the amount it is able to put into its reserves, an official with the state-owned oil company said Wednesday.  More »
(Emily Pickrell/Houston Chronicle)

Shell’s chief technology officer talks about his job – and how a child’s toy inspired an offshore idea

Shell Chief Technology Officer Gerald Schotman sat down with FuelFix to talk about the joys and challenges of his job.  More »

OTC Night at Minute Maid Park

Tuesday night was Offshore Technology Conference at Minute Maid Park. Game-goers were treated to a rare Astros winner as the home teamed defeated the L.A. Angels 7-6.  More »
Houston businessman Ken Arnold is the 2013 recipient of the Offshore Technology Conference's Distinguished Achievement Award, given for technological, humanitarian, environmental and leadership contributions to the industry.

Houstonian wins OTC award for career in offshore safety

Ken Arnold is the 2013 recipient of the OTC Distinguished Achievement Award, given for technological, humanitarian, environmental and leadership contributions to the industry.  More »

Networking tip: Do more homeowork

Take careful notes of every encounter you have as you go from booth to booth, to help re-start the conversation later.  More »
(Photo: Maersk)

Exxon starting development of $4 billion Gulf of Mexico field

Exxon Mobil Corp. (XOM), the largest U.S. oil company, said it will invest more than $4 billion in the development of its Julia oil field in the Gulf of Mexico.  More »
A contractor closes a valve on a tanker truck at a Range Resources hydraulic fracturing operation in Pennsylvania. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)

Pa. proposes gas drilling health advisory panel

A Pennsylvania politician wants to create an advisory panel to examine possible health issues related to Marcellus Shale natural gas drilling.  More »