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Jason Herlehy looks at a piece of equipment at the Offshore Technology Conference. (Cody Duty/Houston Chronicle)

OTC 2013 in photos

The Offshore Technology Conference ran Monday to Thursday at Houston’s Reliant Center, with displays of state-of-the-art technology and a program full of speakers from around the world.  More »
Gregory C. Staple, CEO of the American Clean Skies Foundation

Guest Commentary: How to jump-start the Energy Security Trust

Rather than waiting for President Obama’s proposed Energy Security Trust to produce tomorrow’s technology, the federal government should use the tens of billions of dollars it spends today on trucking and delivery services to promote alternative fuel technologies and fleets that currently exist.  More »

OPEC crude production rises to five-month high on Saudi increase

OPEC boosted crude output in April to the highest in five months as Saudi Arabia increased production, helping lower oil prices amid concern that global economic growth is slowing.  More »
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Oil industry: BLM prevents job creation in Calif.

Leading oil industry groups said Thursday federal land managers are blocking new energy development and job creation by postponing all oil and gas lease auctions on prime public lands in California until October.  More »
A drilling rig aims for oil in the Bakken Shale near Watford City, N.D. (AP Photo/James MacPherson)

Ground broken for oil refinery on ND reservation

The Three Affiliated Tribes have broken ground for a $450 million oil refinery on the Fort Berthold Indian Reservation in northwestern North Dakota  More »

Chevron wins suit against U.S. over California oil field

Chevron Corp. (CVX) 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 »
A BHP Arkansas natural gas project  using Superior Energy Services' CATS automated technology for various completion components.

Platts says some companies stopped sharing gas-prices

Platts, the energy information provider owned by McGraw-Hill Cos., said that some companies have stopped providing its reporters with the natural gas pricing data it uses to compile its indexes.  More »
Sand or other small substances are used in hydraulic fracturing to prop open fissures in shale formations to allow natural gas to flow. (AP Photo/Minnesota Public Radio, Mark Steil)

Frack sand opponents count on fish amendment

Environmentalists are counting on a game and fish amendment as their last, best chance this legislative session to control frack sand mining in Minnesota.  More »
Margareth Ovrum, executive vice president of technology and drilling for Statoil

Q&A: Statoil’s Ovrum sees future in ‘subsea factory’

As executive vice president of technology and drilling for Statoil, Margareth Ovrum manages a projects portfolio valued at $50 billion and says the Norwegian company is focusing on technological advances to drive its future.  More »
Statoil s Remotely Welded Retrofit Subsea Hot Tap Tee is one of the Offshore Technology Conference s 15 Spotlight on New Technology Award winners.

OTC Spotlight Award: Statoil’s robotic welding can connect to live pipes

By enabling remote-controlled tie-in to a live gas pipeline without interrupting flow, Statoil’s Remotely Welded Retrofit Subsea Hot Tap Tee is as revolutionary as its name is cumbersome.  More »

Seabed equipment gets hooked up courtesy of Schneider

Schneider Electric shows off its underwater switchboard equipment at OTC 2013.  More »
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McDermott shares fall after earnings miss

The company said it sees “near-term challenges.”  More »

Who’s at OTC: Conference attracts first-timers from around the world

The Offshore Technology Conference attracted more than 100,000 people from around the world to Houston’s Reliant Center this week. FuelFix combed the crowd to get attendees’ thoughts on the state of the offshore energy industry and their OTC experience.  More »
Exhibitors break down the various booths at the Offshore Technology Conference Thursday, May 9, 2013 in Houston. ( Brett Coomer / Houston Chronicle )

OTC attendance hits a 30-year high, at 104,800

Attendance at the Offshore Technology Conference hit a three-decade high this year, the second-highest attendance in conference history. Organizers said 104,800 people attended the four-day show at Reliant Park, up 17 percent from 2012.  More »
Norwegian Minister of Petroleum and Energy Ola Borten Moe speaks at the Petroleum Club of Houston about drilling in the North Sea and the Arctic.

Guest Commentary: Norwegian energy minister touts industry’s international growth

Ola Borten Moe, Norwegian minister of petroleum and energy, notes that the nation’s energy industry is moving north, across the Arctic Circle, as well as south, into the deep waters of the Gulf of Mexico.  More »