Experts from the offshore energy industry around the world came together May 5-8 for the 2014 Offshore Technology Conference at Reliant Park in Houston. Attendance at the annual conference reached a 46-year high of 108,300 the highest in show history and up 3.3 percent from last year.
Attendance surpassed the 2013 total of 104,800 and the sold-out exhibition was the largest in show history at 680,025 square feet, up from 652,185 square feet in 2013. The event had 2,568 companies representing 43 countries, including 163 new exhibitors in 2014. International companies made up 44 percent of exhibitors.
“OTC’s great success this year is yet another validation of the great vision inspired by the founders who created the conference in 1969,” said Ed Stokes, chairman of OTC. “Clearly the deep and broad coverage of the technical program, flanked and supported by excellent panels, executive keynote presentations, distinguished and spotlight award winners, as well as thousands of displays of the latest in new technology at the exhibition, continues to demonstrate the power of collaboration from our member engineering and geoscience societies and trade organizations moving the offshore oil and gas industry forward safely, sustainably and with due consideration of environmental protection.”
This year’s event featured nine panel sessions, 29 executive keynote presentations at luncheons and breakfasts, and 308 technical papers. Speakers from major, independent, and national operators; federal and regional government officials; academia; and more presented their views on a wide variety of topics while discussing views on the current challenges and future directions of the industry.
OTC’s Spotlight on New Technology recognized 12 technologies for their innovation in allowing the industry to produce offshore resources.
Safety and environmental protection, always key areas of focus at OTC, was at the forefront of many discussions including on Thursday when the day featured a special breakfast and luncheon focused on the subject.
Several sessions also delved into new opportunities in Mexico, including a topical breakfast and networking event Tuesday which focused on Mexico’s energy reform, and an industry breakfast co-sponsored by the U.S. Department of Commerce.
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