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OTC: A more balanced view on climate change

It’s Thursday afternoon, the final hours of the Offshore Technology Conference, and it’s in these waning hours when some of the more interesting and diverse presentations emerge.  More »

Survival Systems draws a crowd without the gimmicks

Attracting attention at OTC isn’t too difficult when you have a 22,000-pound, bright-orange emergency survival capsule sitting in the center of your booth.  More »
Undated aerial image released by Royal Dutch Shell PLC of the Gannet Alpha platform in the North Sea, around 110 miles east of Aberdeen, Scotland. (AP Photo/Ken Taylor/Shell/PA Wire)

North Sea still holds promise

While the North Sea’s oil fields are more mature than newer areas of offshore discovery, the waters still can provide decades of opportunity — especially with high oil prices as an incentive — according to industry experts and Britain-boosters at the Offshore Technology Conference.  More »
(Photo: Phil Hollman/Flickr)

OTC tackles floating wind turbine technology

The prospect of offshore floating wind turbines was at the center of a series of studies at the Offshore Technology Conference that examined the future of the new technology.  More »

Travel management executive looks for business at OTC

Lucas Ribeiro of Wings Travel Management talked about attending the conference.  More »

Scottish energy companies growing, looking at Houston for new offices

There is a sizable group of energy companies from Aberdeen, Scotland at the Offshore Technology Conference this year, and many of the companies are using the event as a chance to start recruiting employees for Houston-based offices.  More »

OTC winner: Drillers can simultaneously drill and case hole with new liner

A new liner technology created by Tesco Corp. has essentially negated the risks of delay and other problems that go along with having an open drill hole before the liner is dropped in.  More »
Aubrey McClendon, co-founder of Chesapeake Energy Corp., is pictured during an interview in Oklahoma City, Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2005. (AP Photo)

Chesapeake alone forecasts gas rally for recovery

Chesapeake Energy Corp. (CHK) Chief Executive Officer Aubrey McClendon is banking his turnaround of the industry’s biggest debtor on a rebound in natural-gas prices that no Wall Street analysts tracked by Bloomberg expect will happen.  More »

GE shows off powerful pipe-cutting blowout preventer rams at OTC

After a blowout preventer failed to successfully shear drill pipe and seal off BP’s Macondo well, companies that make the emergency devices have been looking for new ways to boost their performance. At OTC this week, GE Oil & Gas unveiled new blind shear rams the company says can slash through thick tool joints and seal off the well hole.  More »

New market for dismantling old rigs results in ‘The Claw’

New federal requirements to dismantle idle oil and gas equipment in the Gulf of Mexico are creating a market for companies that supply heavy lift boats and other salvage or demolition equipment.  More »
The Noble Paul Romano. (Photo: Noble Corp.)

OTC: Noble Energy’s finds may drive economic change in Middle East

Houston’s Noble Energy continues to drive economic change in one of the most politically unstable regions on Earth.  More »
Aanderaa Data Instruments is pushing its seafloor landers for use by offshore oil and gas companies to monitor their facilities.  (Image from company website.)

Company pitches landers to new audience at OTC

For years, marine scientists have used ocean landers that can take readings from the sea floor to conduct research. But Aanderaa Data Instruments is hoping to convince a new audience to buy the equipment.  More »