OTC Enters Asian Market with Inaugural Malaysian Conference in 2014
The Offshore Technology Conference, the largest oil and gas industry technical conference in the world, brings together energy professionals from all sectors of the industry for a 4-day technical program focusing on drilling, exploration, production and environmental protection. With more than 100,000 attendees at its flagship show in Houston, the conference also showcases an exhibition of the latest products and services tailored to the offshore energy industry’s technical needs. Following 45 years of success, the conference has attracted more than two million visitors and generated more than $2.5 billion in income for the city of Houston.
Following this success, the organization has branched out to promote and further the advancement of scientific and technical knowledge regionally, in Brazil (OTC Brasil), the Arctic (Arctic Technology Conference) and Asia (OTC Asia).
In 2014, the organization will enter the Asian market with its inaugural conference in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Held March 25-28, this 4-day program will highlight Asia’s growing importance in the global energy mix, covering developments spanning Russia to Australia and India to Oceania with hopes of assisting the industry in meeting the challenges in Asia.
The person providing leadership in all that encompasses OTC is Board Chairman Edward Stokes, a megaproject manager at ConocoPhillips. He is involved in every aspect of the organization’s conferences at the management level, which includes activities, finalizing details, future planning and development, and implementation of policies.
Stokes has been involved in OTC since 1995 when he joined the Program Committee. In 2008, he joined the Board of Directors, representing the Society of Naval Architects & Marine Engineers.
“In OTC’s 45-year history, we have weathered shifting business climates and economic conditions,” commented Stokes, “but our support from the industry has remained constant and strong.”
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