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The Deepwater Horizon oil rig burns in the Gulf of Mexico on April 21, 2010. (AP file photo/Gerald Herbert)

Steffy: BP calls for industry to adopt broader safety standards

The Offshore Technology Conference runs through Thursday, but within the first hour we had what will probably be the understatement of the week. Bernard Looney, BP’s executive vice president for developments, called on the industry to adopt broader safety standards.  More »
The Dockwise Vanguard will set out on its first transport project just weeks after it is completed in December. The Dockwise Vanguard is the winner of the Offshore Technology Conference (OTC) Spotlight on New Technology Award. (Photos courtesy of Dockwise)

OTC winner: Semisubmersible vessel already booked through 2013

Dockwise’s jumbo semisubmersible vessel is still being built, but it’s already booked to haul production platforms and other giant pieces of cargo around the world throughout 2013 and beyond.  More »
A sign marks the entrance of the secluded Exxon Mobil corporate headquarters in Irving, Texas. (AP file photo/LM Otero)

OTC speech: Exxon VP talks about next wave of workers

L.M. Tillman, vice president of engineering for ExxonMobil Development Co., asked a ballroom full of attendees under the age of 35: “How can I be proud of working for the oil and gas business?”  More »
The Deepwater Horizon oil rig burns off the coast of Louisiana on April 21, 2010.  (AP file photo/Gerald Herbert)

Poll: Will Deepwater Horizon lead to smart regulation?

At this year’s Offshore Technology Conference, the influence of the 2010 Deepwater Horizon explosion is still pronounced as panelists talk about everything from lessons learned to new safety techniques and vendors display new safety gear.  More »

Follow Bernard Looney’s speech live

BP’s Bernard Looney speaks at OTC today about BP’s future.  More »
MaxCOR(TM) is based on several patented technologies to improve the recovery of high-quality core samples while reducing coring time. (PHOTO BY Baker Hughes)

OTC winner: New rotary coring tool three times as fast

When it comes to core samples, Baker Hughes is thinking big.  More »
Phil McNabb of Oceaneering International showing the WASP Atmospheric Diving System  during the Offshore Technology Conference at Reliant Center on Monday, May 6, 2002. The one-man submersible can go to a depth of 2300 feet(Melissa Phillip/Chronicle)

Steffy: What I’ll be watching for at the OTC

Here’s some of the things I’ll be looking for at this years annual gala of oilfield geek chic.  More »
The Ensco 8501 semi-submersible rig in the Gulf of Mexico (Jennifer A. Dlouhy/Houston Chronicle)

As OTC starts, heat’s on energy industry during election year

Another day, another oil-bashing proposal in the nation’s capital.  More »
(Photo: Houston Chronicle)

Annual dinner takes cues from Broadway

Imagine a flash-mob musical on an offshore oil rig. That’s what happened at the 2nd annual OTC Dinner at the George R. Brown Convention Center Sunday.  More »
Julie Allen, left, and Rhonda Wendel, both teachers at Danbury Elementary School, look at a display at the Offshore Technology Center at Reliant Reliant Park in Houston on May 5, 2011 (Photo: Melissa Phillip/Houston Chronicle)

Video: Preview of Offshore Technology Conference

See all the reasons why you should be attending this year’s Offshore Technology Conference.  More »
(Image: Tobias Wolter)

Sixel: How to meet and greet

One of the most difficult things to do at a convention is introducing yourself to people you don’t know. But there are tricks you can use to ease yourself into conversation.  More »
A large sign is seen in the front Sunoco'S Eagle Point refinery in National Park, N.J. (AP Photo/Mel Evans)

Energy Transfer to buy Sunoco to add oil, gas logistics

Energy Transfer Partners LP (ETP) agreed to buy Sunoco Inc. (SUN) for $5.3 billion in shares and cash to add oil transportation and distribution assets.  More »
Exxon natural gas wells sit off the coast of Dauphin Island, Ala., on Wednesday, Dec. 20, 2000. Exxon operates 13 wells off the Alabama coast. (AP Photo/Dave Martin)

Exxon official talks offshore safety and fatalities

Fatalities have continued to be a safety concern in offshore drilling and production operations, despite the industry’s efforts to reduce the potential for accidents.  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)

Unwanted Nebraska sand put to use in oil fields

Some unwanted Nebraska sand has been put to use in some U.S. oil fields.  More »
A contractor closes a valve on a tanker truck at a Range Resources hydraulic fracturing operation in Pennsylvania. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)

Gas drilling job-training programs pop up in NY

Rick Allen moved to upstate New York to escape the rat race and tension of Washington, D.C., but when he arrived in his hometown, the 49-year-old electronics technician couldn’t find a job.  More »