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OTC winner: Separation system removes unwanted water at seabed

Having begun production more than 20 years ago, Petrobras’ Marlim Field offshore from Brazil needed a boost.  More »
Phillip Herrera, of Mi SWACO, shows off a shale shaker to prospective clients on the exhibit floor of the Offshore Technology Conference Tuesday, May 3, 2011, at Reliant Center in Houston. (Photo: Nick de la Torre/Houston Chronicle)

OTC is on social media

The Offshore Technology Conference is set to open Monday and some are looking forward to the show on Twitter.  More »
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OTC winner: Isolation system improves safety and reliability

Such was the thinking behind Reelwell’s Downhole Isolation System, which provides double-barrier elements for use in a dual drill string, or DDS, arrangement.  More »
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Jeff Cohen: A city that has lots to brag about

The International Man of Mystery came into my life at a Pakistani restaurant in Aberdeen two summers back. He was a North Sea deep-water driller dining alone. And he was eavesdropping on a conversation between a golf partner and me and couldn’t resist breaking in.  More »

Steffy: Displays of innovation at OTC will show anti-spill strategy

Safety and prevention will be the dominant themes this week, winding their way from the hardware displays to the breakfast meetings and the after-hours parties.  More »
An overhead view at the OTC Board Dinner hosted by the Greater Houston Convention and Visitors Bureau at the Julia Ideson Library Saturday April 28,2012. (Dave Rossman Photo)

OTC board dines before conference kicks off

The Offshore Technology Conference’s board gathered Saturday night in the newly restored Julia Ideson Library in downtown Houston.  More »

Houston’s Sullivan Group orchestrates key OTC events

Clare Sullivan Jackson has learned much about the energy business working with the Offshore Technology Conference, which gets under way Monday at Reliant Center.  More »
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Hoffman: Enjoy Houston, but hands off that fajita skillet

Houston is famous for our Tex-Mex restaurants. Just follow your nose. On a cool evening, the aroma and sound of a sizzling fajita plate fill outdoor patios downtown, along Washington Avenue, in Rice Village, across Midtown and the Galleria.  More »
One of the firemen on board Discoverer Deep Seas watches as a helicopter makes a safe landing on the helipad at the Bob North prospect about 100 miles off the coast of New Orleans, Tuesday, Aug. 14, 2007. (Karen Warren/Chronicle)

Transocean evacuates rig in Rio de Janeiro

Transocean Ltd. evacuated almost 100 workers from an offshore oil rig after it started tipping in Rio de Janeiro’s Guanabara Bay, Agencia Brasil reported, without saying where it got the information.  More »
The PowerDrive Archer high build-rate rotary steerable system from Schlumberger maximizes reservoir exposure, reduces risk and increases potential hydrocarbon production. The project will be featured at the Offshore Technology Conference. (Image courtesy of Schlumberger)

OTC winner: PowerDrive Archer navigates new drilling challenges

In response to the onset of more complicated directional-drilling methods — with challenges such as too-soft and too-hard formations as well the need to move both vertically and horizontally — Schlumberger is turning off the motor.  More »

Visiting Houston? Find the best bars, restaurants and tourist spots

Looking for ways to spend your free time during the OTC? Here are guides to some of Houston’s best restaurants, bars, clubs and sites, plus trails for running, which you’ll need to do to work off all those margaritas.  More »

OTC winner: Baker Hughes system gives drillers real time information

Just as medical advances allow surgeons to better pinpoint the source of a patient’s problem and make smaller incisions, new technology from Baker Hughes is making the industry more efficient in fixing problems.  More »

Reliant Center sets the stage for OTC

Crews at Reliant Center spent Friday getting ready for next week’s Offshore Technology Conference.  More »
Jess Burrow, left, and James Patterson, look over the damage caused outside the home of Joe and Mary Reneau when their chimney was toppled by Saturday's earthquake, in Sparks, Okla. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)

Still no quake study by Youngstown well operator

The operator of a northeast Ohio deep-injection well tied to earthquakes in the area has yet to receive the state clearance it says is necessary to conduct independent seismic research aimed at proving the well wasn’t the cause of the quakes.  More »
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Natural gas prices rise, benchmark oil up slightly

Natural gas rose 6 cents to finish at $2.186 per 1,000 cubic feet in Friday trading. That’s up nearly 15 percent from April 19.  More »