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A large sign is seen in the front Sunoco'S Eagle Point refinery in National Park, N.J. (AP Photo/Mel Evans)

Energy Transfer to buy Sunoco to add oil, gas logistics

Energy Transfer Partners LP (ETP) agreed to buy Sunoco Inc. (SUN) for $5.3 billion in shares and cash to add oil transportation and distribution assets.  More »
Exxon natural gas wells sit off the coast of Dauphin Island, Ala., on Wednesday, Dec. 20, 2000. Exxon operates 13 wells off the Alabama coast. (AP Photo/Dave Martin)

Exxon official talks offshore safety and fatalities

Fatalities have continued to be a safety concern in offshore drilling and production operations, despite the industry’s efforts to reduce the potential for accidents.  More »
Sand or other small substances are used in hydraulic fracturing to prop open fissures in shale formations to allow natural gas to flow. (AP Photo/Minnesota Public Radio, Mark Steil)

Unwanted Nebraska sand put to use in oil fields

Some unwanted Nebraska sand has been put to use in some U.S. oil fields.  More »
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A contractor closes a valve on a tanker truck at a Range Resources hydraulic fracturing operation in Pennsylvania. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)

Gas drilling job-training programs pop up in NY

Rick Allen moved to upstate New York to escape the rat race and tension of Washington, D.C., but when he arrived in his hometown, the 49-year-old electronics technician couldn’t find a job.  More »
T-3 Energy unveils its new shear rams on May 2, 2011 at the Offshore Technology Conference at Reliant Center in Houston. (Photo: Eric Kayne/For the Houston Chronicle)

For recruiters, OTC can be a huge job fair

Part of Chris Davidson’s job as a recruiter for ABB in Houston is to watch the big online job boards looking for electrical engineers, chemical engineers and other technical experts who post their resumes.  More »
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Oil drops to near $104 on global growth concerns

Oil prices fell toward $104 a barrel today on expectations that slowing economic growth in the U.S. and China and ongoing debt problems in Europe will undermine demand for crude.  More »
Claudi Santiago Senior Vice President of GE and President and CEO of GE Oil & Gas speaks during an interview at last year's Offshore Technology Conference in Houston. ( Johnny Hanson / Chronicle )

Special speakers and topics at OTC

Here are a few of the many speeches and sessions on the schedule for this year’s Offshore Technology Conference:  More »
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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 »
(Photo: Courtesy of Reelwell)

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 »
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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 »