OTC Makes Powerful Additions to Thursday's Program

The Offshore Technology Conference (OTC) now offers an Industry Breakfast, three Topical Luncheons, an Active Arena and an intriguing panel session during its Thursday program. OTC, scheduled 3-6 May at Reliant Center at Reliant Park in Houston, draws more than 50,000 attendees annually.

On Thursday, the last day of the four-day conference, the exhibition is open from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. (0800 to 1400), and the technical sessions extend from 7:30 a.m. to noon (0730 to 1200).

"Not only have we stacked Thursday with a premier line-up to get active participation from attendees and exhibitors through the whole conference, but, this year, OTC offers such an extensive and diverse program that it was logical for it to flow into Thursday," said Skipper Strong, OTC .04 Technical Program Chair and Account Manager for Technip Offshore, Inc. "Thursday's program offers sessions on Qatar, Hubbert's Peak, the OTC award-winning Na Kika Project, and the North Sea, among many others. The program committee worked diligently to make Thursday compelling and make the four-day conference worth every minute."

Some of the highlights for Thursday include:

Industry Breakfast
7:30 to 9 a.m. (0730 to 0900)
Commercial Opportunities in Qatar's Offshore Oil and Gas Sectors
Moderator: Helen J. Burroughs, Director, Office of Energy, International Trade Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce
Panelists: Nasser K. Jaidah, Director, Oil & Gas Ventures, Qatar Petroleum Corp.;
J. Anthony Meyer, Vice President, International and Alaska Operations, Anadarko Petroleum
Hosted by the U.S. Department of Commerce, this presentation highlights commercial opportunities in Qatar offshore oil and gas sectors and the Qatari government's role in stimulating investment in its offshore energy sector.

Active Arena
9:30 a.m. to noon (0930 to 1200)
Independent Operators—The Future of the North Sea
Moderator: Will Rowley, Director, Infield Systems Ltd.
Panelists: John Evans, Assistant Director, Energy Group, Revenue Policy International, U.K. Inland Revenue;
Mel Fitzgerald, Regional Vice President, Western Europe, Halliburton Energy Service Group;
Daniel F. McNease, Chief Executive Officer, Rowan Companies Inc.;
Thomas J. Morrow, President, Challenger Minerals Inc.;
Taf Powell, Head of Offshore Division, Health & Safety Executive;
Cameron Stewart, Head of Technology and Innovation, Deputy Director, Oil and Gas Directorate, U.K. Department of Trade and Industry;
Simon Toole, Director of Licensing, Exploration and Development, U.K. Department of Trade and Industry;
Ian Whewell, Deputy Director of Offshore Division, Health & Safety Executive

This high-level panel discussion focuses on similarities and differences between the current situation in the North Sea and what transpired in the Gulf of Mexico during the 1980s and 1990s.

Panel Session
9:30 a.m. to noon (0930 to 1200)
Hubbert's Peak: Impending Oil Crisis—Exaggeration or Fact?
Session Chairpersons: Riley Goldsmith, Goldsmith Engineering Inc.; Cheryl Stark, BP America
Panelists: William L. Fisher, Director, John A. and Katherine G. Jackson School of Geosciences, The University of Texas at Austin;
Michael C. Lynch, President of Strategic Energy and Economic Research, Massachusetts Institute of Technology Center for International Studies;
Matthew Simmons, President and CEO, Simmons & Co. International;
Bob Williams, Oil & Gas Journal;
Michael C Lynch, Strategic Energy & Economic Research;
Jack J Zagar II, Private Consulting Engineer, Four Blues;
William L Fisher, Director-Professor, University of Texas at Austin

Many oil industry experts insist that "Hubbert's Peak" in world oil production is, at most, only a few years away. This panel discusses the possibilities and implications of that.

Topical Luncheons
12:15 to 1:45 p.m. (1215 to 1345)
Managing Mega-Mega Projects
Graham Searle Director of EP Projects, Shell International Exploration & Production BV
Searle explores the Sakhalin Project and how the grandiose project works, its challenges, and opportunities for creative solutions.

From Subsea to Outer Space and Back
Michael L. Gernhardt, Astronaut, Manager of Environment Physiology Laboratory and Principle Investigatory of Prebreath Reduction Program, Houston Space Center
Gernhardt discusses parallels between subsea construction and assembling the international space station. Rebuilding Iraq
William H. Lash, III, Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Market Access and Compliance, International Trade Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce

For more information about Thursday's schedule, including speaker bios, visit OTC .04.