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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 »
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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 »
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Attendee always impressed by how international OTC is

Kevin Renfro of Anadarko talked about attending the conference. Edited excepts follow:  More »
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HB Rentals booth offers free lunch and open bar all day

Making thousands of pounds of steel visually attractive in a booth at OTC can be a difficult task. But with the help of free food and drinks, Louisiana-based HB Rentals pulled it off.  More »
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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 »
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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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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 »
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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 »
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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 »
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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 »
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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 »