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06/03/2009 | Channel:
Human Resources, Hire & Rental, Manufacturing, Support Services, Subsea, Lifting Gear, Drilling, Exploration & Production, Health & Safety, Equipment, Technology, IT
To be held in Houston, US, between the 4th and 7th of May, OTC .09 promises to be even larger than last year’s record-breaking event.
For years technological innovations and forums on economic, social and political aspects of resource development and environmental protection have been the main feature of OTC’s worldwide appeal, and in 2009 visitors will find the usual combination of four days of technical sessions, lectures and meetings, and one of the largest exhibitions in the industry.
Don Vardeman, 2008 OTC chairman shares his thoughts on the event: “OTC is where offshore energy professionals come to learn about innovative approaches to overcoming technical challenges as we drill in deeper waters. Technology will be crucial to delivering affordable and sustainable energy for the future. OTC offers the chance to share knowledge about getting resources in harsher and more extreme conditions, and to discuss important industry issues.”
This year’s technical programme commences on Monday 4th May and addresses collaboration between oil companies, consumers and governments for future energy needs by looking at issues such as consumer awareness of oil and gas as an energy source, the role of government and alternative energy resources.
For those attending each day of the technical programme Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday will offer equally exciting topics, including management of technology, climate change and new ocean industry: ocean thermal energy plants and plantships. Furthermore, each technical session will include invited panellists from many of the major players in the industry, featuring such esteemed names as Marvin Odum, president of Shell Oil Company, David Holt, executive director of the Consumer Energy Alliance, and Kevin Trenberth, senior scientist of the Climate Change Analysis section at the National Centre for Atmospheric Research.
One of the key purposes of OTC is the recognition and exhibition of new, innovative technologies and some of these are highlighted each year in the annual Spotlight on New Technology Award. Exclusive to those exhibiting at OTC, the award is designed to illustrate some of the latest innovations and solutions that will lead the industry in the coming years. In 2008, the list of those noticed for achievement includes prestigious names such as ABB, Baker Hughes – Baker Oil Tools, Expro, Schlumberger and Weatherford International.
Alongside this year’s busy conference schedule is the four day exhibition, during which companies can showcase their products and services to more than 73,000 industry leaders and buyers from more than 115 countries, and introduce new innovations to the largest audience found at one of the world’s foremost offshore events. The sheer scale of OTC means that those lucky enough to gain exhibiting space will have unparalleled access to invaluable marketing, networking and educational opportunities.
Indeed, the 525,000 sq ft of exhibition space will house more than 2500 exhibiting companies, a list of which reads like a veritable who’s who of industry leaders – and many of our regular profile companies - including, Baker Hughes, BOA Offshore, Cameron, Expro, Flowserve, HCL Fasteners, IHC Hydrohammer, Imenco Engineering, Kongsberg Maritime, Maersk, Peak Well Solutions and Technip to name but a few.
As you can see, OTC provides a myriad of opportunities for everyone in the industry to not only become actively involved in discussions regarding some of the most pressing topics, but also to show others their latest developments. Additionally, with just a quick walk around the exhibition hall, visitors will be able to see the staggering pace at which our industry and its technology is developing, and will be able to enjoy a unique networking opportunity.