■ OTC coordinators focus on the relevance of technology innovation in offshore endeavor by promoting effective energy management and rewarding invention excellence.
Bayou City’s Reliant Park sitting right in the Medical Center vicinity is becoming eventful as delegates arrive to make preparation for the Offshore Technology Conference (OTC). Houston, the fourth largest city in the United States is set once again to host the world in what is considered one of the largest oil and gas exhibition forum. OTC takes place May 5–8 May. Whereas most major hotels and formal reception venues are fully booked, International Guardian in Houston reported that most delegates are already in town to make final preparations for their exhibition programs. Each year, OTC brings in more than thousands of professional guests from major countries of the world for a four-day energy experience loaded with offshore process innovation ideas, products, services, and exhibitors.
The OTC environment is fast-paced as businesses have less than four days to accomplish proposals and exhibition frameworks. To maximize time and logistics, most companies either meet with their clients or set up pre-exhibition forums a few days before the event. For instance, just last week, a pre-OTC conference was held in a private location on John Hancock, Missouri City, Texas sponsored by Shorematter Corporation, a global oil and gas energy service provider making its OTC debut. Shorematter Corporation’s Chief Executive Officer, Ukaegbu Ukaegbu said that the main objective of the reception was to interact with the media and others in the oil and gas business to gain significant insight about how to exploit the OTC opportunities. According to Ukaegbu, Shorematter Corporation, incorporated in the State of Texas, provides safe, efficient, and affordable multiservice solutions to the upstream, downstream, marine, and general oil and gas industry. Bright Anyaele, the company’s Chief Operating Officer said that they were planning a series of presentations to specific global partners and potential investors during and after the OTC event.
Other companies have also booked up spaces to meet various exhibition and dinner schedules. For instance, Infield Systems Limited, a global service provider to the oil, gas, renewable energy, and associated marine industries arranged a presentation at the NCE Subsea Breakfast Seminar to be held on Tuesday May 6th, at the Westin Oaks. The NCE Subsea Breakfast Seminar is an annual event held during OTC to highlight and promote subsea projects and activities between the Norwegian Continental Shelf and Gulf of Mexico.
Digi-Tally, Inc., designers and producers of advanced measurement tools for energy industries will showcase its latest product offerings. Another company, Industrial Solutions & Innovation, developers of offshore resources in oil and gas drilling, exploration and production are expected to run live demos of various pipe welding and cutting services. Also SOR Controls Group will unveil for the first time, its patent-pending magnetic level indicator, 815DT smart differential pressure transmitter, and temperature sensor product line.
Most major countries considered as key players in the oil and gas realm including Brazil, Sweden, China, South Africa, and Nigeria are also represented as a team at the OTC. For instance, Business Sweden, a collective appearance of twelve Swedish drilling, exploration, production, and environmental production companies will grace the Swedish pavilion booth at the conference. Also, the Nigerian delegates, predominantly from the Nigerian National Petroleum Company (NNPC) and Petroleum Technology Association of Nigeria (PETAN) are expected any time before OTC’s commencement date. The country’s oil and gas industries have always shown overwhelming presence in the exhibition event.
As a mission, the OTC promotes and inspires the development of technological understanding of the offshore resources and environmental matters. The coordinators focus on the relevance of technology innovation in offshore endeavor by promoting effective energy management and rewarding invention excellence. Last month, it announced 12 technologies that will receive the 2014 Spotlight on New Technology Award. The award set be presented on May 5th, in the Reliant Center Rotunda Lobby is a program for OTC exhibitors and will showcases the latest and most advanced hardware and software technologies that are leading the industry into the future. OTC facilitators say Spotlight Award winners embrace OTC’s mission to advance technical knowledge of offshore operations and environmental matters. Recipients are; Baker Hughes, FMC Technologies, GE Oil & Gas, Geoservices (a Schlumberger Company), and Halliburton Drill Bits and Services. Others are SBM Offshore, Schlumberger, Weatherford , West Production Technology, and WesternGeco.
OTC established in 1969 is globally known event held annually at Reliant Center in Houston for the improvement of offshore resources in the fields of drilling, exploration, production, and environmental protection. Rated among the largest 200 trade shows held annually in the United States, the OTC attracts more than 80,000, attendees and 2,700 companies with representatives from more than 120 countries.