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At one OTC booth, this artist is a real draw

Exhibitors at the Offshore Technology Conference at Houston have all sorts of gimmicks for luring potential customers to their booths, including contests and scantily clad models. Now you can add magicians and caricature artists to the list.  More »
Julie Allen, left, and Rhonda Wendel, both teachers at Danbury Elementary School, look at a display at the Offshore Technology Center at Reliant Reliant Park in Houston on May 5, 2011 (Photo: Melissa Phillip/Houston Chronicle)

Q&A: HCC student uses OTC to help set career path

Xianzi He, a Houston Community College student, talked to the Chronicle about attending OTC.  More »
Marcos Silva, of Phoenix Obsidian, listens to a presentation on the global energy outlook in an overflow area during the 2012 Offshore Technology Conference Tuesday, May 1, 2012, in Houston. (Brett Coomer / Houston Chronicle)

OTC panel: Today’s ‘space race’ is in energy

Global energy demand is expected to jump 40 percent by 2030 and will play a major role in challenging the oil industry to produce and innovate in the years ahead, a panel of executives at the Offshore Technology Conference said today.  More »
Anneli Nesteng of Aker Solutions, a Houston company, looks at a Cameron all electric actuator. The machine improves response time in moving oil through pipes. It was one of the displays at the Cameron International booth at the OTC. The Offshore Technology Conference runs May 5-May 8 at Reliant Park. (Tuesday, May 6, 2008, in Houston. (Steve Campbell / Houston Chronicle)

OTC: Small companies are the industry’s lifeblood

I spent the day surfing the economic ripple effect across 641,000 square feet. I didn’t actually cover every inch of the exhibits at the Offshore Technology Center, but I found myself wandering around the main exhibit hall to the satellite displays at the Reliant Arena.  More »

Astros and Texans hoping to cash in on OTC

The Texans and Astros aren’t missing out on the Offshore Technology Conference action.  More »
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At OTC, some companies aren’t selling drilling equipment

Houston’s night clubs are pitching their wares to the hungry, mostly male audience at OTC.  More »

OTC winner: System separates light, heavy oil at seafloor

The installation of equipment to separate gas from water on the sea floor in TOTAL’s new Pazflor field was a ground-up effort on a very large scale.  More »

Q&A: First-time attendee surprised by scale of OTC

Fatema Awami of Saudi Aramco talked to The Chronicle about attending the conference. Edited excerpts follow:  More »

Diving suit has futuristic look, but is graceful underwater

It looks like a cross between a diving suit from 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea and the Michelin Man, but the hard diving suit on display at the Offshore Technology Conference is neither science fiction nor a cartoon.  More »
(AP file photo/David J. Phillip)

Kinder Morgan purchase of El Paso cleared with conditions

The settlement requires Kinder Morgan to divest its Rockies Express, Kinder Morgan Interstate Gas Transmission and Trailblazer pipelines, in addition to two gas processing plants in the Rocky Mountain region,  More »

OTC giggles: The ‘Tools for Studs’ booth

Everybody’s got a gimmick, and torcUP wins the unofficial award for the biggest giggle with its slogan, “Tools for Studs with Big Nuts.” You can even find them at: toolsforstudswithbignuts.com  More »
(Lisa Poole / AP2009)

Phillips 66 launches, CEO touts refining business

Phillips 66 will implement several strategies to improve refining profits, including focusing on higher-yield diesel, said CEO Greg Garland.  More »