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Texas gas prices sink another 6 cents

Texas retail gasoline prices have dropped another 6 cents this week to settle at an average of $3.68 per gallon.  More »

Wages are rising for some energy jobs, expert says

With hundreds of jobs to fill, companies have brought in teams of recruiters to the Offshore Technology Conference, set up electronic kiosks and made it easy to conduct on-site interviews.  More »
Charlie Williams, who heads the new Center for Offshore Safety, is chief scientist for well engineering and production technology for Shell worldwide. (Photo: Shell Oil Co.)

Training, standards, culture cited as key to safety

Charlie Williams, who heads the oil and gas industry’s new Center for Offshore Safety, talked about his plans.  More »
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OTC winner: New test chamber can simulate water depths up to 9,800 ft

ShawCor has just completed the industry’s largest deepwater test chamber capable of simulating extreme depths and temperatures.  More »
The sun shines over a Range Resources well site in Washington, Pa. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic, File)

Baker Hughes exec: The end of easy technology

The energy industry is entering a period of great challenge and change.  More »
Rep. Bill Flores, R-Bryan (Brett Coomer / Houston Chronicle )

OTC adds some politics to the technical conversation

Trade show talk shifted to politics at the Offshore Technology Conference on Wednesday, as energy industry leaders and a Republican congressional ally complained that administration regulatory policies are thwarting domestic energy development.  More »

Sixel: Keeping up with your new contacts

Keeping up with the people you meet at a trade show is just important than meeting them. But coming back to the office with a pocketful of business cards isn’t enough.  More »
Houston's Laura and John Arnold. (Photo: Bill Olive for the Houston Chronicle)

Houston billionaire trader John Arnold retiring at 38

Houston hedge fund manager John Arnold, a major force behind Enron’s once-mighty energy trading operation and one of the city’s richest men, has decided to retire — at 38.  More »
This image provided by BP's spillcam on June 6, 2010 shows oil leaking out of the Macondo well head in the Gulf of Mexico. (AP file photo/BP)

BP oil spill judge tentatively approves $7.8 billion pact

BP Plc (BP/) and lawyers suing the company won preliminary approval of their proposed settlement of claims over the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill.  More »

Software at OTC brings underwater workings into focus

Engineers and energy companies are rolling out sensors and software designed to give drillers above the water line and those onshore a better view of what is happening on the sea floor.  More »

Who’s in the crowd over at OTC?

You’ve surely missed something in the 641,000 square feet of exhibit space at the Offshore Technology Conference.  More »

Attendee makes the trip from Trinidad and Tobago

Chamaylee Mohammed of Unlimited Power Tools Ltd talked to the Chronicle about attending the conference. Edited excerpts follow:  More »

OTC’s size speaks to the world’s enduring demand for oil

Last year I took the Metro light rail to the Offshore Technology Conference. I relished the irony.  More »

Independents still see Gulf opportunities

OTC panelists said smaller, independent oil and gas companies have less competition in the Gulf of Mexico than 10 years ago, but also are thwarted by regulations and the low price of natural gas.  More »

Attendee always impressed by how international OTC is

Kevin Renfro of Anadarko talked about attending the conference. Edited excepts follow:  More »