ST Conference PreviewOffshore Technology Conference 2013
The 2013 Offshore Technology Conference (OTC) will be held May 6 to 9 at Reliant Park in Houston, Texas. This show, which encompasses more than 650,000 square feet of exhibition space, is expected to be the largest in the conference’s 43-year history, with more than 2,400 exhibitors in the sold-out indoor exhibition hall, OTC pavilion and the OTC Parkway outdoor exhibition space, the organizers said.
OTC 2013 will present a range of topics through more than 80 technical sessions, industry breakfasts, topical luncheons and special sessions. This year, OTC will have a panel on the “Expanding Role of National Oil Companies.” Executives from Petronas (Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia), Petrobras (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil), PEMEX (Mexico City, Mexico) and others will discuss their increasing responsibilities and role within the global industry. Topical breakfasts and luncheons will feature keynote presentations by these national oil companies.
New topics that have not been recently presented at OTC will include subsalt geosciences, safety and environmental management systems, unconventional subsea exploration and mining, deepwater high-pressure/high-temperature well construction, fiber optics, marine geohazards and pore-pressure prediction.
Also on the agenda are technical sessions that highlight new developments in local power generation for offshore facilities and geotechnical engineering for renewable energy.
The annual OTC dinner will take place May 5 on the floor of Reliant Stadium.
This year’s dinner will raise funds for the Offshore Energy Center, which is dedicated to expanding awareness of the oceans’ vast energy resources, and chronicling the heritage and technological accomplishments of the offshore industry.
The OTC Distinguished Achievement Award will be given to Ken Arnold, in recognition of his outstanding leadership and contributions to the industry. His many achievements include playing an integral role in the offshore industry’s focus on safety through the development of recommended practices for offshore design and safety management, and developing approaches to both equipment sizing and facility project management that are still in use today. He also has been instrumental in the effort to establish oilfield facilities engineering as a recognized technical engineering specialty.
The Distinguished Achievement Award for companies, organizations and institutions will be given to Total S.A. (Paris, France) for its Pazflor deep offshore development in Angola. Pazflor is one of the world’s largest and most sophisticated deep offshore developments to date. In addition to the first use of subsea separation and pumping on a wide scale, the project included the construction of the world’s largest FPSO, and one of the most complex subsea networks. Pazflor made a significant contribution to industrial development in Angola with 3.5 million man-hours of work undertaken locally.
Heritage Awards will be presented to Dr. Dendy Sloan and Dr. James Brill in recognition of their contributions to the industry. Sloan has been an industry leader, professor and researcher in the area of hydrates for four decades. The modeling and simulation tools resulting from his research are used daily for the design and operation of offshore production systems. In 1993, he founded the International Conference on Gas Hydrates. Two decades later, the conference has grown to more than 1,000 participants. He has authored more than 230 publications and five books on hydrates in flow assurance. Brill, professor emeritus at the University of Tulsa, is a trailblazer in the discipline of multiphase flow in pipes and wells. His research in this area led to the formation of the Tulsa University Fluid Flow Projects. He also founded the Tulsa University Paraffin Deposition Projects. He has published more than 200 technical papers and research reports.
The awards for innovative technology with wide industry applications are part of the Spotlight on New Technology program, which is exclusively for OTC exhibitors. The program is designed to showcase the latest technologies that are advancing the oil and gas industry. The awards will be presented on May 6 at Reliant Center.
The Next Wave
A special session at the OTC for young oil and gas professionals will take place on May 6. “Global Energy Outlook: Adapting to Evolving Energy Portfolios and Shifting Demands” will offer insight on how unconventional and renewable resources will contribute to the energy mix, and how it might impact the conventionals market. The program also will address topics central to young professionals’ career planning, including how employer expectations are increasing at the fastest rate ever.