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Astros and Texans hoping to cash in on OTC

The Texans and Astros aren’t missing out on the Offshore Technology Conference action.  More »
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At OTC, some companies aren’t selling drilling equipment

Houston’s night clubs are pitching their wares to the hungry, mostly male audience at OTC.  More »

OTC winner: System separates light, heavy oil at seafloor

The installation of equipment to separate gas from water on the sea floor in TOTAL’s new Pazflor field was a ground-up effort on a very large scale.  More »

Q&A: First-time attendee surprised by scale of OTC

Fatema Awami of Saudi Aramco talked to The Chronicle about attending the conference. Edited excerpts follow:  More »

Diving suit has futuristic look, but is graceful underwater

It looks like a cross between a diving suit from 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea and the Michelin Man, but the hard diving suit on display at the Offshore Technology Conference is neither science fiction nor a cartoon.  More »
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Kinder Morgan purchase of El Paso cleared with conditions

The settlement requires Kinder Morgan to divest its Rockies Express, Kinder Morgan Interstate Gas Transmission and Trailblazer pipelines, in addition to two gas processing plants in the Rocky Mountain region,  More »

OTC giggles: The ‘Tools for Studs’ booth

Everybody’s got a gimmick, and torcUP wins the unofficial award for the biggest giggle with its slogan, “Tools for Studs with Big Nuts.” You can even find them at: toolsforstudswithbignuts.com  More »
(Lisa Poole / AP2009)

Phillips 66 launches, CEO touts refining business

Phillips 66 will implement several strategies to improve refining profits, including focusing on higher-yield diesel, said CEO Greg Garland.  More »

Booth of the day: FMC Technologies

The two-story, 5,000-square-foot FMC Technologies booth makes quite an impression at the 2012 Offshore Technology Conference.  More »

Companies attract an audience with pretty women, social media and prizes

More than 88,000 attendees are floating around the exhibits at the Offshore Technology Conference, making it a difficult task for companies to reach and draw attention to their booths.  More »

Follow live as Shell talks training, equipment and standards

Follow live as Shell officials talk training, equipment and standards.  More »

If OTC was a city, it’d be among the state’s largest

It’s a bit of a cliche to say that the Offshore Technology Conference is like a small city.  More »

OTC: A new way to test blowout preventers

Today, I’m trying to spend less time listening to talks and more time wandering the floor of the Offshore Technology Conference. My first stop was to see a demo of IPT Global’s SureTec program for testing blowout preventers.  More »
Advertising for booths at the 2012 Offshore Technology Conference line the escalators Tuesday, May 1, 2012, in Houston. ( Brett Coomer / Houston Chronicle )

Advertisement around every corner at OTC

We’ve become used to advertisements on shopping carts. Gas station islands have become more of a space for promoting the coffee and donuts inside than pumping gas.  More »
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Former BP advisor lashes out at media, feds for spill response

Rusty Riese forecasted that the 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico will have no lasting environmental impact, during a morning session at the Offshore Technology Conference.  More »