ST Conference PreviewOffshore Technology Conference 2012
The 2012 Offshore Technology Conference (OTC) will be held April 30 to May 3 at Reliant Park in Houston, Texas. This show is expected to be the biggest in the conference’s 42-year history, with more than 2,400 exhibitors in the sold-out indoor exhibition hall and the new air-conditioned 26,000-square-foot pavilion in the OTC Parkway outdoor exhibition space, the organizers said.
“Each year the best minds in the industry come together to discuss issues facing the offshore oil and gas business and have the chance to see new and innovative technologies,” said OTC 2012 Chairman Steve Balint.
Industry Challenges and Future Directions
OTC 2012 will present a range of topics through 56 technical sessions, 15 industry breakfasts, 15 topical luncheons and special sessions. There will be panel sessions of industry leaders discussing present challenges and future directions.
This year, the OTC will have a series of presentations by major international oil companies, national oil companies and independent operators, who will talk about their views on industry trends, operational integrity and risk management. Senior executives of Total (Paris, France), Exxon Mobil Corp. (Irving, Texas), Royal Dutch Shell plc (The Hague, Netherlands), CNOOC Ltd. (Hong Kong) and Abu Dhabi National Oil Co. (Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates) will be among the presenters.
Sessions will include discussions about the management of major projects around the world; new standards for jack-ups and platforms; global LNG; FPSO and offshore offloading solutions; drilling at more than 15,000 pounds per square inch; and deepwater cementing. Technical sessions will highlight developments in offshore wind energy and local power generation for offshore facilities.
Universities will have the opportunity to share ongoing and planned research and development projects with conference attendees.
The annual OTC Dinner will take place April 29 at the George R. Brown Convention Center. This year, the dinner will raise funds for Engineers Without Borders, a nonprofit supporting community-driven development programs worldwide through partnerships that design and implement sustainable engineering projects.
The OTC Distinguished Achievement Award will be given to Joe Burkhardt, in recognition of his leadership and contributions to the industry. Burkhardt was behind the concept and system engineering of Exxon’s Subsea Production System. The shallow-water pilot program was recognized as the OTC’s Project of the Year in the 1980s and has withstood the test of time.
The Distinguished Achievement Award for Companies, Organizations and Institutions will be given to Shell’s Perdido development project for its challenging water depths, complexity and excellent safety record throughout the project.
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 April 30 at Reliant Center.
The Next Wave
A special session at the OTC for oil and gas young professionals will take place on April 30. “The Next Wave Challenges and Responsibility: Our Careers Over the Decades to Come” is designed to help with building technical and leadership skills and to give pointers on successful careers.