OTC Nominates Elkins, Independence Operators for Subsea Awards

The Offshore Technology Conference will present its 2010 Distinguished Achievement Awards on May 4 to Hugh Elkins for important advances in subsea drilling technology, and to the Independence Hub for the coordinated solution to accessing ultra-deepwater reserves.

The two awards will be presented at the annual OTC Awards Luncheon at Reliant Center in Houston, Texas, USA. The world's largest conference for offshore development will be held May 3- 6 at Reliant Park.

Elkins will receive the OTC Distinguished Achievement Award for Individuals for his contributions in more than 53 years in the offshore oil industry. Elkins served as director of business development for National Oilwell Varco before his retirement, and previously served more than 20 years in executive engineering posts at Hydril. Elkins developed the industry standard of six foot-radius technology for subsea wellhead guide bases and blowout preventer stack guide frames, which permitted industry interchangeability of subsea equipment.

OTC's Distinguished Achievement Award for Companies, Organizations and Institutions recognizes the record-setting Independence Hub for its innovative collaboration in creating a coordinated infrastructure solution that provided access to ultra-deepwater reserves that previously were economically unfeasible. Natural gas from the project represents a 10 percent increase in the supply from the Gulf of Mexico. The award will be presented to Anadarko Petroleum and Enterprise Field Services for the project.