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The bar at Halliburton’s booth is open for business

Halliburton turned its booth into a local watering hole at OTC on Wednesday afternoon. A line of conventioneer goers at least 25 deep was waiting in line for a free beer or wine.  More »
Some Ohioans are asking for a ban on fracking for Natural Gas until the Environmental Protection Agency completes its study. (Photo: Ty Wright/Bloomberg)

Even offshore techs are talking about U.S. shale gas

More than half of respondents in an OTC poll said natural gas would surpass oil as the dominate energy source in the U.S. by 2030.  More »
Marathon Oil's corporate headquarters in Houston.  (AP file photo/Pat Sullivan)

Marathon Oil executive says independence suits company

Last June, Marathon Oil Corp., an integrated oil company that traces its corporate roots back more than a century to the early days of the industry, became an independent exploration and production company and spun off its refining arm.  More »
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An artist's rendering of Shell's planned Prelude Floating Liquefied Natural Gas vessel, which is expected to sit 125 miles off the Australian coast as early as 2016. (Image: Royal Dutch Shell)

Shell exec says natural gas is the future

A Shell executive said two major projects illustrated the oil giant’s faith in the future of natural gas and emphasized the company’s bet on the fuel as a major energy resource for the future.  More »
Posing at the OTC are Yuan Yuan Zang and Katelin Thurber, who both are fashion models with Neal Hamil Agency

Fashion models lure audience for OTC exhibits

Here’s the deal about the OTC ladies, which shouldn’t be confused with the women who work in the industry: Some are professional models, some are professional escorts and some are other things.  More »
The Ensco 8501 semi-submersible rig in the Gulf of Mexico (Jennifer A. Dlouhy/Houston Chronicle)

Response systems focus on Gulf of Mexico

Leaders of the two emergency response systems developed after the 2010 Macondo well spill say they’ll share ideas with foreign operators, but will remain focused on the Gulf of Mexico.  More »

OTC winner: Gauges stand up to higher temperatures and pressure

Deepwater wells off the coast of India pulse with some of the hottest temperatures in the world.  More »

Free drinks and food help woo potential clients to booths

Are you getting hungry as you walk the exhibit floor? Or are you thirsty?  More »
The Eirik Raude semi-submersible rig operates on the Jubilee Field offshore Ghana. (Photo: Tullow Oil)

OTC: Massive Ghana project shows ability of independents

A massive offshore oil field that drew industry attention to the Ghanaian coast was the product of speed, expertise and technology, speakers at the Offshore Technology Conference said today.  More »

Norway plans to license new fields in Barents Sea

Norway plants to open new offshore fields in the Barents Sea.  More »

Cramming lots of equipment into one booth

Although their joint booth was actually smaller than last year’s, sister companies Tiger Safety and Dragon Products Ltd. found a way to fit a 48-foot-long mobile fracturing pump, a control truck bigger than an extended RV and even several oversized tigers into what is one of the most visually interesting booths at this year’s OTC.  More »
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Sixel: Finding job leads

So how do you put the word out you’re looking for new opportunities? Especially in a way that isn’t too obvious so your boss won’t get wind you’re on the prowl? Or turn people off by being too aggressive.  More »
U.S.  Rep. Bill Flores, R-Bryan, speaks during the 2012 Offshore Technology Conference at Wednesday, May 2, 2012, in Houston. ( Brett Coomer / Houston Chronicle )

Familiar message to friendly OTC crowd: Washington blocks U.S. energy potential

Federal regulations are inhibiting domestic energy production, a first-term Texas lawmaker said at the Offshore Technology Conference today.  More »
A boom is used to protect marshland in Terrebonne Parish on the Louisiana coast after the Gulf oil spill in 2010. Photo: Smiley N. Pool / Houston Chronicle

Appeals court weighs new Gulf drilling plans

A coalition of green groups told the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals that federal regulators merely “rubber-stamped” Shell’s plans to drill the wells in the same canyon where the blowout of BP’s Macondo well triggered an explosion that killed 11 rig workers.  More »

Exhibit space is a place to make deals, check out new technology

Amid the whirlwind of hulking equipment, double-decker booths and massive video displays on the Offshore Technology Conference exhibition floor, there are many attendees with serious business in mind.  More »