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James Watson, director of the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement, speaks at the Offshore Technology Conference in Houston. (The Houston Chronicle)

OTC speakers: Energy demand pushes tech breakthroughs

Satisfying the world’s surging demand for energy will require rapid developments in subsea and remote technologies for the oil and gas industry, as it ventures into deeper waters farther from shore, speakers at the Offshore Technology Conference said Tuesday.  More »
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Bromwich: Achieving a safe future

There is a broad spectrum of views on the extent of the progress that has been made to date, but everyone agrees that much remains to be done to reduce the risks of offshore drilling.  More »
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BP spill trial shouldn’t be delayed by accord, U.S. tells judge

The U.S. government said the trial over fault for the 2010 BP Plc (BP/) Gulf of Mexico oil spill shouldn’t be delayed until after a proposed November hearing on a settlement of most private-party claims.  More »
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Really big is pretty small at OTC

At the Offshore Technology Conference, some of the biggest tools in the industry are the smallest on display.  More »
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Poll: What’s the biggest promise in offshore drilling?

The Offshore Technology Conference showcases technologies use by companies to drill and produce oil and natural gas offshore.  More »
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See who is roaming the halls of OTC

You’ve surely missed something in the 641,000 square feet of exhibit space at the Offshore Technology Conference.  More »
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At one OTC booth, this artist is a real draw

Exhibitors at the Offshore Technology Conference at Houston have all sorts of gimmicks for luring potential customers to their booths, including contests and scantily clad models. Now you can add magicians and caricature artists to the list.  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)

Q&A: HCC student uses OTC to help set career path

Xianzi He, a Houston Community College student, talked to the Chronicle about attending OTC.  More »
Marcos Silva, of Phoenix Obsidian, listens to a presentation on the global energy outlook in an overflow area during the 2012 Offshore Technology Conference Tuesday, May 1, 2012, in Houston. (Brett Coomer / Houston Chronicle)

OTC panel: Today’s ‘space race’ is in energy

Global energy demand is expected to jump 40 percent by 2030 and will play a major role in challenging the oil industry to produce and innovate in the years ahead, a panel of executives at the Offshore Technology Conference said today.  More »
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OTC: Small companies are the industry’s lifeblood

I spent the day surfing the economic ripple effect across 641,000 square feet. I didn’t actually cover every inch of the exhibits at the Offshore Technology Center, but I found myself wandering around the main exhibit hall to the satellite displays at the Reliant Arena.  More »
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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 »
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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 »
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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 »
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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 »