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Gerald Schotman, chief technology officer for Shell (Emily Pickrell/Houston Chronicle)

Shell pushes innovation to stay in the deep-water game

As conventional oil becomes ever scarcer for onshore, operators are increasingly planning their business strategies on the basis of deepwater resources, a Shell executive said Tuesday afternoon.  More »
Attendees walkabout during the Offshore Technology Conference at Reliant Center Monday, May 6, 2013, in Houston. (Cody Duty / Houston Chronicle)

Recruiters juggle tactics to snag top talent at OTC

Companies are scrambling — hosting lunches, sponsoring technical talks and offering help with foreign work visas — to find enough employees with the right mix of technical, engineering and other skills.  More »
Panelists discuss the global energy outlook during the Offshore Technology Conference. (Eric Kayne/Houston Chronicle)

National oil companies invest in renewables, but remain committed to oil and gas

Chief executives of some of the world’s largest national oil companies said they are bullish on fossil fuels, even if their companies are also investing in biofuels and other forms of renewable energy.  More »
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Networking tip: Setting yourself apart

Dress up. You’ll stand out — in a good way —from all the more casually dressed attendees.  More »
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Judge asks environmentalists for ideas to punish company

U.S. District Judge William Smith said that the high court’s decision means he is limited to fining Southern Union Co. $500,000 or the equivalent in community service  More »
Wartsila Gas Reformer, uses steam technology to convert waste gas from drilling operations into methane fuel.

OTC Spotlight Award: Wartsila turns waste gas into fuel

Wärtsilä’s GasReformer uses steam-reforming technology to convert waste gas from drilling operations into fuel.  More »
Randall Luthi, president of NOIA, National Ocean Industries Association speaks at a topical breakfast titled "Washington Politics: Offshore Consequences" May 7, 2013 in Houston at the OTC. 

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Former regulator sees litigation threat to Gulf of Mexico drilling

For years, offshore drilling foes have filed lawsuits challenging oil and gas development in areas around Alaska, but now that litigation is moving to new territories, potentially threatening activity in the Gulf of Mexico, a former regulator told the Offshore Technology Conference on Tuesday.  More »
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Deep sea drone draws interest at OTC

Video of a deep sea drone gliding along the ocean floor like a robot out of a science fiction movie drew interest from major oil companies at the Offshore Technology Conference on Tuesday.  More »
Talal Al-Khonaini, petroleum engineer for Kuwait Oil Co.

Who’s at OTC: Talal Al-Khonaini, petroleum engineer for Kuwait Oil Co.

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 Talal Al-Khonaini, petroleum engineer for Kuwait Oil Co.  More »
Bryce Cunningham, a director in BP's upstream technology group in Houston, gives reporters a private briefing about the company's latest offshore technology, at the Offshore Technology Conference on Tuesday, May 7, 2013.

Pushing reservoir limits through technology key for BP

Each day of drilling a deepwater well can cost an oil and gas operator $1 million or more, and costs are adding up for the offshore industry. So, maximizing the returns from the reservoirs that feed those undersea wells has become more important.  More »
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Pentagon: Chinese government waging cyberattacks

The Pentagon for the first time used its annual report on China to directly assert that Beijing’s government and military have conducted computer-based attacks against the U.S., including efforts to steal information from federal agencies.  More »
West Drilling Products' Continuous Motion Rig

OTC Spotlight Award: West Drilling moves toward fully robotized rig

The last two decades have seen numerous advances in mechanization and automation of traditionally labor-intensive and dangerous tasks. But soon the industry may have its first fully robotized rig.  More »