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Adam Duerer and Minh Bui were part of a high school student group sponsored by BP to explore career options in the energy industry during the Offshore Technology Conference. (L. M. Sixel/Houston Chronicle)

BP encourages students to explore the wild world of energy

For the second year, OTC has opened its floor to the next generation of workers.  More »
Selvum "Brian" Pillay, associate professor at the University of Alabama-Birmingham School of Engineering, left, shows a buoyancy clamp, developed and produced at UAB, to Walt Musial during the Offshore Technology Conference Thursday, May 9, 2013 in Houston. ( Brett Coomer / Houston Chronicle )

Universities show their wares at Offshore Technology Conference

Major U.S. and overseas schools have been sharing with attendees to the Offshore Technology Conference in Houston research and development projects they are involved in that relate to industry subjects.  More »
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Chevron wins suit against U.S. over Calif. deposits

Chevron Corp. is entitled to unspecified damages against the federal government in a contract dispute over oil deposits in California worth $37 billion, the U.S. Court of Claims ruled.  More »
Zhang Mi, president and CEO of HongHua, a Chinese manufacturer with U.S. headquarters in Houston, at the Offshore Technology Conference. (Eric Kayne/For the Chronicle)

Chinese manufacturing company focuses on the United States

This year’s Offshore Technology Conference has had a decidedly international flavor, from sessions featuring executives with national oil companies to delegates from around the world. But Zhang Mi, chairman and president of China’s HongHua Group, is here to emphasize his company’s focus on the United States.  More »
Christopher Smith, acting assistant secretary for fossil energy at the Department of Energy, speaks on current government research on oil and gas during the Offshore Technology Conference at Reliant Park Thursday, May 9, 2013, in Houston. ( Brett Coomer/Houston Chronicle )

Energy Department using broad criteria to judge LNG exports

The Energy Department is sifting through some 200,000 public comments as it prepares to issue verdicts on energy companies’ applications to broadly export natural gas, a top Obama administration official said Thursday.  More »
Jonathan Reed, left, and Jim Veal, of the government of Israel, talk in the Israel booth during OTC2013 at Reliant Park Wednesday, May 8, 2013, in Houston. ( Brett Coomer / Houston Chronicle

Israel has first booth at OTC

Israel is working to get the message the country is an ideal place for foreign investors to spend their capital.  More »
Spectators look at an, AIV, or Autonomous Inspection Vehicle made by Subsea 7, is seen at the company's booth during day two of the Offshore Technology Conference at Reliant Center Tuesday, May 7, 2013, in Houston. The vehicle is used to conduct inspections at on subsea systems at depths of up to 10,000 feet. (Cody Duty / Houston Chronicle)

Drone presence grows at OTC — with video

Drones aren’t just for government agencies or science fiction movies.  More »
People enter the Chairman's Club at the Reliant Center to attend an exclusive event by BP. (Emily Pickrell/Houston Chronicle)

BP uses exclusive suite to covertly recruit top talent

BP took recruiting at OTC an extra step. It rented out the Chairman’s Club high in Reliant Stadium to host sessions for engineers and other technical experts who might be interested in switching jobs.  More »
A panel discussing innovation listens to opening remarks during the Offshore Technology Conference at Reliant Park Thursday, May 9, 2013, in Houston. ( Brett Coomer / Houston Chronicle )

Innovation, collaboration can solve offshore challenges, industry leaders say

Oil and gas firms not only need to share technology they develop, but they also must tap into the innovative products available in other industries to produce increasingly difficult-to-find resources in deep waters around the world, Royal Dutch Shell’s technology chief said Thursday.  More »
A video monitor wall with the Technip Deep Energy ship at the companies booth during OTC 2013 at Reliant Park Tuesday, May 7, 2013, in Houston. ( James Nielsen / Houston Chronicle )

It’s not MTV, but there are videos at Technip’s booth

A 10-minute wide-screen countdown to the world debut of a video about Technip’s state-of-the-art subsea pipelay vessel – which will be one of the fastest and longest in the world – took on an even more dramatic tone when it was broadcast on a 154-inch by 91-inch display made of up of 16 screens.  More »
Apache Corp. headquarters, 2000 Post Oak Blvd

Apache to sell off $4 billion in assets, buy back shares

Apache Corp., this year’s third-worst performing oil and natural gas producer on Standard & Poor’s energy index, plans to sell $4 billion in assets by the end of this year and buy back shares.  More »
Christopher Smith, acting assistant secretary for fossil energy at the Department of Energy, speaks on current government research on oil and gas during the Offshore Technology Conference at Reliant Park Thursday, May 9, 2013, in Houston. ( Brett Coomer/Houston Chronicle )

U.S.-Mexico collaboration seen necessary on Eagle Ford drilling

The vast oil buried in the Eagle Ford shale rock formation in south Texas doesn’t end at the Rio Grande — so the U.S. must work with Mexico on accessing the reserves on both sides of the border, a top Obama administration official said Thursday.  More »