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Shell's new Perdido oil and natural gas platform in the Gulf of Mexico.  ( Melissa Phillip / Houston Chronicle )

Deep discussion intrigues OTC pros

A plan to drill in more than 12,000 feet of water — half a mile more than the deepest wells now — impressed engineers and geologists at the Offshore Technology Conference.  More »
A recruitment sign hangs over the Petronas booth during the Offshore Technology Conference at Reliant Center in Houston on May 4, 2011. (Photo: Johnny Hanson/Houston Chronicle)

OTC: Great networking advice

The Next Wave seminar at OTC is featuring an “ice-breaker” where everyone at the round tables has been asked to introduce themselves. At my table everyone is going around and talking about where they’re working or studying and what they’d like to do in the future.  More »
The blowout preventer stack, right,  and lower marine riser stack, left, from the Deepwater Horizon explosion and oil spill, which was examined as evidence for federal investigations, are seen at the NASA Michaud Assembly facility in New Orleans. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

Execs challenge companies to step up handling of deep-water risks

Oil companies need to borrow a page — and perhaps a whole playbook — from the airline industry to deal with the growing risks and challenges of deep-water drilling, a Talisman Energy executive said today.  More »
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BP answers questions live on Twitter

BP officials are set to answer question live on Twitter at 10:45 a.m.  More »
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OTC buzzing with activity on the first day

The shoeshine stalls are teeming with activity, bagpipes have sounded and the announcements from companies, countries and regional agencies are rolling in.  More »
Bernard Looney, BP's executive vice president of development, spoke at the Offshore Technology Conference in Houston Monday.

BP now works with fewer contractors to reduce risk, exec tells OTC audience

In response to the blowout of its Macondo well, blamed partly on poor communication among people working for multiple companies, BP now manages risk by developing stronger relationships with fewer contractors, a BP executive said at the OTC.  More »
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 »
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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 »