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Patrice Stewart, Shell civil engineer

Who’s at OTC: Patrice Stewart, civil engineer

FuelFix is combing the crowd to get attendees’ thoughts on the state of the offshore energy industry and their OTC experience. Here are excerpts from our chat with Shell civil engineer Patrice Stewart.  More »
Yan Cunzhang of the China National Petroleum Corp. said it will take patience to develop China's shale formations. (Eric Kayne/Houston Chronicle)

China: Growing quickly, but slow to exploit its shale resources

For those who wondered when China will begin to exploit its shale resources, a Chinese energy executive had some answers Tuesday. It isn’t likely to happen quickly, and it won’t be easy.  More »
Energy Center Three and Four will house ConocoPhillips’ Lower 48 Business Unit.

ConocoPhillips leasing space in two new Energy Corridor buildings

The space encompasses Energy Center Three, a 20-story, 550,000-square-foot office tower under construction and 300,000 square feet in Energy Center Four, a planned 600,000-square-foot building expected to break ground later this year.  More »
The Kongsberg Oil & Gas Technologies Inc. booths refreshment area during OTC 2013 at Reliant Park Tuesday, May 7, 2013, in Houston. ( James Nielsen / Houston Chronicle )

It’s not a sports bar, it’s OTC: TVs, top-shelf beer and subsea oil storage

In addition to more television screens than a typical sports bar, Kongsberg Marine AS carved out a spot among the popular booths by offering top-shelf beer and wine served from a full-sized bar area.  More »
Baker Hughes employees work at a drill site. (Houston Chronicle)

Improved cementing key for offshore wells

Joe Shine of oil field services firm Baker Hughes discussed at the Offshore Technology Conference in Houston methods drillers can use to account for lost circulation in wells.  More »
Carlos Tadeu da Costa Fraga, executive manager for pre-salt exploration and production for Brazil's Petrobras, spoke during a luncheon Tuesday at the Offshore Technology Conference about the company's growing success in the challenging geology. (Eric Kayne/Houston Chronicle)

Brazil’s Petrobras expects 2 million barrels per day

Breakthroughs in drilling through challenging underwater geology are leading to rapid growth in oil production for Brazil’s Petrobras, an executive at the Offshore Technology Conference said Tuesday.  More »
SBM Offshore's Drilling Riser Trip-Saver

OTC Spotlight Award: SBM’s drilling riser saves time, money

The Trip-Saver is a rail-mounted system that can position the drilling riser over multiple subsea wellhead locations, meaning it doesn’t have to bring the riser back to the surface to move to another wellhead  More »
Helix Well Containment Group equipment was deployed in a drill at a Noble Energy test well in May, with federal regulators and industry representatives looking on. (Photo: Noble Energy)

Feds, industry workers finish test of emergency offshore equipment

A week-long drill testing how the oil industry and federal regulators would respond to an out-of-control Gulf of Mexico well wrapped up late Monday, with government officials deeming the exercise a success.  More »
Mark Papa, Chairman and CEO of EOG Resources (Melissa Phillip/Houston Chronicle)

EOG rises after earnings beat analysts’ estimates

First-quarter net income rose 53 percent to $494.7 million.  More »

Networking tip: Score an invitation to a private reception

Don’t ask for an invitation when you show up at a booth. It’s one of those things that if you have to ask, you’re not going to get.  More »
Louis Bon, Vice President, Total E&P Operations (Cody Duty/Houston Chronicle)

Total touts its Pazflor offshore project in Angola

At an OTC luncheon, a vice president of Total detailed some of the complex technology in the French oil company’s offshore Pazflor project in Angola.  More »
Interior Secretary Sally Jewell speaks during a Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee hearing in March.  (Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg)

Interior secretary, drilling regulators to visit Offshore Technology Conference

The nation’s top offshore drilling regulators will visit the Offshore Technology Conference on Wednesday to tour the massive exhibit floor where more than 2,000 companies have their wares on display. The newly sworn-in interior secretary, Sally Jewell, will make an appearance, alongside Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement director James Watson and Tommy Beaudreau, the head of the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management.  More »