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ST Conference Report—April 2010 Issue

The 2010 Offshore Technology Conference

The 2010 Offshore Technology Conference (OTC), which will be held May 3 through 6 at Reliant Park in Houston, Texas, will have the largest exhibition in 28 years, with indoor space in Reliant Center and Reliant Arena and an outdoor exhibition.

'We are very excited about the expansion to Reliant Arena this year,' said chairwoman Susan Cunningham. 'We gain a larger exhibition space and add conference space for eight new topical breakfast sessions and four technical sessions at the arena. The indoor exhibition area is sold out, demonstrating that OTC is the show for offshore technology. We also have 119 new companies exhibiting this year, and companies from 35 countries are participating. More than 2,400 companies will be displaying the latest offshore technology.'

The strong interest in exhibiting at OTC shows that companies see the value of having a presence at the world's largest offshore event to present their technology to an international audience and to introduce new products, according to conference organizers. In one place, offshore professionals can see the latest advances in offshore technology and learn about the real-world solutions to technical problems that they can take home and apply immediately, Cunningham said.

The OTC technical conference covers a wide range of technical, business and regulatory issues, with more emphasis this year on a wider spectrum of energy sources, including offshore wind energy, ocean wave energy, ocean thermal energy conversion and gas hydrates, said the organizers. Breakfast presentations will cover ocean renewables and thermal energy. A number of important deepwater projects will also be discussed in the technical sessions, the organizers continued.

The conference's reach is global, from the deepwater 'golden triangle' region of the Gulf of Mexico, Brazil and Africa to the Caspian Sea, United Arab Emirates, Atlantic Canada and China. In addition to technical issues, this conference tackles business issues, with panels covering how the business environment might change; how to sustain technological innovation in periods of volatile earnings; and how oil field service companies can manage through current tough times toward a brighter future, said the organizers.

OTC will hold its Distinguished Achievement Awards Luncheon on Tuesday, May 4. The keynote speaker will be Charles D. 'Chuck' Davidson, chairman and chief executive officer of Noble Energy (Houston). Tickets for the luncheon are $60.

Hugh Elkins will receive the OTC Distinguished Achievement Award for Individuals for his 53-year career in the oil and gas industry, which has included important advances in subsea drilling technology, the conference organizers said. Elkins served as director of business development for National Oilwell Varco (Houston) before his retirement and previously served more than 20 years in executive engineering posts at Hydril (Houston).

Anadarko Petroleum (The Woodlands, Texas) and Enterprise Field Services (Houston) will receive OTC's Distinguished Achievement Award for Companies, Organizations and Institutions. The record-setting Independence Hub is being recognized as an innovative collaboration to forge coordinated solutions to access ultradeepwater reserves, conference organizers said.

For the second year, the U.S. Minerals Management Service will present the national Safety Awards for Excellence at an OTC luncheon on Thursday, May 6, recognizing outstanding safety and pollution prevention performance by the offshore oil and gas industry. Tickets are $60 each.

At 4 p.m. on Monday, May 3, in the rotunda, OTC will present its Spotlight on New Technology Awards to companies for innovative technology that is new and innovative, proven, of broad interest and has a significant impact, the organizers said.

Details about the winners are available on the OTC Web site.

Technical Program Highlights
'OTC has become such an important event for the industry,' Cunningham said. 'This year, we continue to innovate and offer even more for attendees. Participants will see new products and technology that can improve their results and also can gain a greater understanding of issues facing the industry.'

OTC will offer more than 300 presentations, the organizers said. Leading industry experts will offer unique perspectives in panel discussions, 11 breakfast sessions and 12 topical luncheons. Tickets to the breakfast sessions are $40, and the topical luncheons are $50.

For more information on the conference agenda or to register, visit www.otcnet.org/2010.

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