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Celebrating 50 years

6 -9 MAY 2019    ///    NRG PARK    ///    HOUSTON, TEXAS, USA

Special Events

Special Events

Special Events and Activities

All OTC events will be held at NRG Park in Houston, Texas, USA, with the exception of the OTC Golden Anniversary Gala Dinner.         


Sunday, 5 May 2019

OTC Golden Anniversary Gala Dinner

1730–1900 | OTC Board of Directors Networking Reception | Houston Marriott Marquis
1900–2200 | Dinner, Entertainment, Award, and Beneficiary Recognition

The OTC Golden Anniversary Gala Dinner promises to be a memorable evening. We will recognize the OTC Achievement Awards for Individuals and Organizations. We will also recognize a beneficiary with a donation from the event. 

The desire to give back to the oil and gas community is an important aspect of the dinner, in addition to recognizing our most distinguished individuals andSpindletop Charities organizations. The event will donate the net proceeds from the dinner to the 2019 beneficiary, Spindletop Charities. Spindletop Charities has been making a positive impact for youth, mostly in the Greater Houston Area, which include successful programs targeting child abuse prevention, pediatric medical research, drug and alcohol abuse prevention and rehabilitation, education and scholarships, school safety, therapeutic services and after-school programs, and family health.

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Monday, 6 May 2019

OTC’s Golden Anniversary Opening Session: The Next 50 Years of Offshore Developments

0900–1200 | NRG Center, Level 2 | Room 300–302

OTC 2019 will have an opening general session on Monday morning, 6 May, under the theme “OTC’s Golden Anniversary Opening Session: The Next 50 Years of Offshore Developments.”  The industry executives listed belowOTC 50th Logo will explore how companies are preparing for the brave new world of digitalization, automation, and machine learning.  What is their vision for the future of offshore E&P operations?

  • Arnaud Breuillac, President, Exploration & Production, Total
  • Roger W. Jenkins, President and Chief Executive Officer, Murphy Oil Corporation 
  • Doug Pferdehirt, Chief Executive Officer, TechnipFMC
  • Malcolm Frank, EVP of Strategy and Marketing for Cognizant, and co-author of What to Do When Machines Do Everything
  • Scott Tinker, Director, Bureau of Economic Geology, The University of Texas
  • Maria Claudia Borras, President & CEO, Oilfield Services, Baker Hughes, a GE company
  • Susan Dio, Chairman and President, BP America
  • Jannicke Nilsson, EVP and Chief Operating Officer, Equinor 
  • Arno van den Haak, Head, Worldwide Business Development Oil & Gas, Amazon Web Services


University R&D Showcase

Monday, 6 May–Wednesday, 8 May
0900–1700 | NRG Center, Level 2 | Outside room 600

The OTC University R&D Showcase provides universities the opportunity to share with attendees their current and planned R&D projects that are relevant to offshore technology.

Texas A&M University
The University of Texas at AustinR&D Showcase Day 1
The University of Oklahoma
Rice University
The University of Houston
The University of Tokyo
New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology

Rice Alliance Startup Roundup at OTC

1330–1700 | NRG Arena, Level 2 | Stockman’s Club

It will showcase emerging energy companies available for investment. Rice Alliance Startup OTC Rice Alliance Start UpRoundup at OTC offers a great opportunity for attendees to learn more about these emerging businesses and enable potential partnerships and investments.

The Rice Alliance has successfully conducted more than 50 such events through the last 18 years, with presenting companies going on to raise over USD 5.4 billion in startup and follow-on funding.

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Admittance to Rice Alliance Startup Roundup is included with your OTC registration. 

Time: 1400 to 1630: Emerging Energy Technology Company Presentations, followed by an informal reception.

Host: The event is hosted by the Rice Alliance for Technology and Entrepreneurship, based at Rice University.

The Rice Alliance Startup Roundup at the OTC is a fast-paced event that will showcase approximately 50 emerging and growing energy technology companies. Each company will have 2-3 minutes to provide a “quick pitch” about their company, followed by an informal reception.

The technologies include the latest innovations related to:

  • Artificial lift optimization
  • Flare gas energy recovery
  • High-performance corrosion coatings
  • Big data analytics tools
  • Hydraulic fracturing optimization
  • Biological remediation
  • Efficient, distributed power generation
  • Enhanced rate of penetration tools
  • Robotic marine vehicles
  • Downhole submersible pump enhancements
  • Industrial IoT (Internet of Things) applications
  • Smaller, lighter, higher temperature heat exchangers
  • Multiphase, high ratio gas compression technology
  • Sensors for reservoir monitoring
  • And others

Around the World Series | Norway

1400–1700 | NRG Center, Level 2 | Room 300

Look to Norway—The Cradle of Subsea Technology - Presenting Latest Advances

Come hear about the latest advances in subsea technology in two very intriguing panel sessions. Session one will reveal advances in long-distance tie-backs, flow assurance, as well as cost controls for installation services.  Session two, starting at 1530 hours, addresses increased oil recovery with subsea production systems.  Some of the world’s most ingenious innovators will be sharing their secrets and formulas for success. 

  • Morten Paulsen, Consular General, Norwegian Consulate General in Houston
  • Kjell-Børge Freiberg, Minister, Norwegian Ministry of Petroleum and Energy
  • Arild Selvig, Vice President Subsea Commercial and Head of Business Development for Norway & Russia, TechnipFMC
  • Øyvind Mikaelsen, CEO, DeepOcean
  • Sigbjørn Daasvatn, Technology Manager – Subsea Processing, Subsea 7
  • Torbjørn Hegdal, Business Development Manager, NOV Seabox
  • Thor Løvoll, CEO, New Subsea Technology
  • Snorre Grande, Project Director - Åsgard Subsea Compression phase II TPD PRD Tie-back & Brownfield, Equinor
  • John Macleod, Chief Technology Officer, Aker Solutions
  • Mads Hjelmeland, Vice President, One Subsea
  • Dag Aldal, President, ClampOn
  • Håkon Skretting, Director Norwegian Energy Partners

Around the World Series | Australia

1400–1700 | NRG Center, Level 2 | Room 302

Australia: Innovation, Science, and Technology: The Foundation of Australia's Economic Prosperity and Technology Capabilities

The Australian Trade and Investment Commission will be presenting an Australian Showcase as part of OTC’s Around the World Series. Team Australia shares the latest in technology innovation learned from an abundance of country resources, technical capability, and talent. This program and reception is a chance to hear from top experts on how Australia’s innovation, science, and education environments are changing the way business is conducted in the energy sector. Learn how these areas underpin Australia’s economic prosperity and technology capabilities to produce global impacts.              

For more information on our keynote speakers, click here.

  • Pierre Dubois, Investment Director, Australian Trade and Investment Commission
  • Jason Crusan, Vice President of Technology, Woodside Energy Ltd
  • Michelle Thomas, Head of Innovation, BHP
  • Mark Cassidy, Dean of Melbourne School of Engineering, University of Melbourne

And more from companies such as Redeye, Subsea Engineering Associates, and VROC.

Around the World Series | Israel

1500–1730 | NRG Center, Level 2 | Room 204

Israel: Israeli Gas Opportunities

In the past 10 years, Israel has transformed from being a net importer of fossil fuels to become self-sufficient in its gas consumption, already providing for more than 50% of the country’s electricity generation.

The discovery of giant gas fields in the Levant Basin, offshore Israel, and offshore neighboring countries, has proven the potential of this world-class petroleum province. Israel is working to develop its offshore hydrocarbon resources. At present, there are nine production leases and several active exploration licenses offshore Israel. First gas from Leviathan is planned for 2019 and from Karish in 2020.

In 2013 Israel adopted a Gas Export Policy allowing export of 50%–100% of newly discovered natural gas reservoirs. Several export options are being planned including the ambitious EastMed pipeline to Europe. Three gas export agreements were recently signed with Egypt and Jordan. Water depth of the offered blocks is ranging between 800 to 1800m. A recent evaluation of the Levant Basin indicates a significant yet-to-find potential in Mesozoic and Tertiary reservoirs, of 6.6 BBL of oil and 75 TCF of natural gas, in place.

Our vision is to bring the benefits of natural gas not only to the Israeli economy but also to other countries in the region and Europe. We have set a goal of becoming a world-class energy hub.

We invite you to join us on this journey and hear about Israel’s offshore Bid Round. 


Spotlight on New Technology Awards

1600–1700 | NRG Center, Level 1 | Rotunda Area

Each year, OTC recognizes innovative with the Spotlight on New Technology® Award. Spotlight logo

This program is exclusively for OTC exhibitors and showcases the latest advancements. Join the presentation to see this year's winners who are leading the industry into the future.

Tuesday, 7 May 2019

OTC Energy Challenge

0800–1100 | NRG Center, Level 2 | Room 300

The OTC Energy Challenge is a high school competition that will culminate in an event within the formal OTC program on Tuesday, 7 May 2019. Each team will work in solving a real-world energy challenge. All competing teams will present their findings to the broader OTC audience via an e-poster session and compete for a scholarship prize. For more information about the Energy Challenge click HERE.

This year, the challenge is generously sponsored by:

BHP Billiton         IPAA Logo   API

   SPE Gulf Coast Logo

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Around the World Series | Mexico

0900–1200 | NRG Center, Level 2 | Room 302

Mexico: From Acreage to Markets–How leaseholder production from Mexico will safely reach markets

Much has changed since OTC 2017 in which a panel discussed the outlook for Mexico driving a “deepwater renaissance.” Beginning in mid–2015, a series of lease auctions took place, eventually by 2018 awarding over 100 contracts, 60 of them offshore. A few of these leaseholders expect to be in first production within two years, while others are still in the exploration phase. In an operating environment in which there is no nearby existing infrastructure, and in which contracts for the shared-use of Pemex infrastructure have not yet been written, by what logistical route will the future production of hydrocarbons find markets?

This panel will discuss the midstream challenge in two segments: The first will be from the perspective of offshore leaseholders in Mexico, the second from that of service companies and Mexico’s midstream regulator (CRE). After each session, there will be an audience survey about sensitive topics that may not have been touched on by panelists.

Moderator: George Baker, Mexico Energy Intelligence, Editor and Publisher

Session One: Operators

  • Ulises Hernandez, PEMEX E&P, Director of Strategic Alliances
  • Matt McCarroll, FAIRFIELD, LLC, President
  • Felipe Arbeláez, BP Latin America, Regional President
  • Tim Callahan, BHP, Mexico Country Manager
  • Gabriel Gómez, Murphy Oil, Mexico Country Manager

Session Two: Service and Regulator

  • Guillermo García, Energy Regulatory Commission (CRE), President
  • Mark Cizek, Williams Pipeline Group, Vice President, Eastern U.S. Gulf of Mexico
  • Emiliano Pescador, Blue Marine, President
  • Robert Howse, Kiewit Mexico, Business Line Manager
  • Craig Castille, HWCG, Managing Director

University R&D Showcase

Monday, 6 May–Wednesday, 8 May
0900–1700 | NRG Center, Level 2 | Outside room 600

The OTC University R&D Showcase provides universities the opportunity to share with attendees their current and planned R&D projects that are relevant to offshore technology.

The University of Texas at AustinR&D Showcase
The University of Oklahoma
Rice University
The University of Houston
The University of Tokyo

Around the World Series | Canada

1400–1700 | NRG Center, Level 2 | Room 300

Canada: Billions in new energy sector investment across Canada

Officials from Canadian provinces will highlight the most recent developments across Canada: LNG Canada’s project under construction on the British Columbia coast; Alberta oil sands producers’ success in driving down both costs and emissions, and hydraulic fracturing and horizontal drilling unlocking the Montney and Duvernay unconventional plays; steady growth in crude production in Saskatchewan, Canada’s second-largest producer; new geoscience tying offshore Nova Scotia to offshore Morocco; and hundreds of millions of dollars of new drilling commitments in offshore Newfoundland and Labrador. In addition, Canada will showcase offshore technology research and innovative Canadian technology flowing from a nearly USD 1 billion Government of Canada investment in five technology commercialization hubs.

Around the World Series | France

1400–1700 | NRG Center, Level 2 | Room 302

France: French Offshore Industry, an Odyssey

From Jules Verne's dream of the Nautilus (exploring the oceans aboard an imaginary submarine) to the new offshore frontiers, the main players in the French oil services sector invite you on a journey through time in three stages:

  • Exploration and discovery
  • Development
  • And then going even further!

A chance to review yesterday’s great achievements and understand present and future technical and commercial issues. Whether you’re a technician, an economist, a sales engineer or simply an enthusiast, climb aboard for this fantastic voyage!

Chairman: Michel Hourcard, TOTAL E&P Americas, President and CEO

Exploration and Discovery

  • Sophie Zurqiyah, CGG, CEO
  • Bertand Chemisky, COMEX, Innovation Director
  • Daniel Averbuch, IFPEN, Senior Program Manager
  • Jean-Marc Daniel, IFREMER, Director
  • Olivier Peyret, SCHLUMBERGER France, President


  • Gaël Bodenes, BOURBON Group, CEO
  • Mathieu de Tugny, BUREAU VERITAS, EVP Marine & Offshore
  • Nicolas Parsloe, DORIS, CEO
  • Arnaud de Villepin, EIFFAGE Metal, Managing Director
  • Nicolas De Coignac, VALLOUREC, Senior VP & President North America

Going Further!

  • Dominique Bouvier, EVOLEN, Chairman
  • Luca Cattedri, SAIPEM, Head of Offshore Business Development, Commercial Strategy and Tendering
  • Jean Cahuzac, SUBSEA 7, CEO
  • Arnaud Pieton, TECHIPFMC, President Subsea
  • Arthur Nunes Da Silva, TOTAL, VP Deep offshore and subsea

Wednesday, 8 May 2019

University R&D Showcase

Monday, 6 May–Wednesday, 8 May
0900–1700 | NRG Center, Level 2 | Outside room 600

The OTC University R&D Showcase provides universities the opportunity to share with attendees their current and planned R&D projects that are relevant to offshore technology.

The University of Texas at AustinR&D Showcase
Texas A&M University
The University of Oklahoma
Rice University

The University of Houston
The University of Tokyo

Around the World Series | United Kingdom

0900–1200 | NRG Center, Level 2 | Room 300

United Kingdom: Opportunities in the UK Energy Industry

The UK is an open and enterprising economy, founded on innovation and invention, with a future-facing outlook. Join the UK’s Department for International Trade (DIT) in two-panel sessions that will discuss current and future energy opportunities in the UK. 

The first session will discuss the gaps and needs for the UK’s Continental Shelf (UKCS) and the opportunities they present for firms looking to invest. Estimates suggest another 20 billion BOE could be produced from new exploration plays and the maximization of brownfield recovery in the UKCS; these opportunities are enhanced by innovations that have halved unit operating costs and increased production by 16% since 2014. The speakers will provide insight for potential investors including how other companies have successfully invested in the UKCS and how digitalization is shaping the industry. 

The second session will delve into the transition from oil & gas to offshore wind and the opportunities for companies looking to diversify. The UK has the largest capacity of offshore wind in the world and is a leader in the transition to renewable technologies. Experts and panelists will explore the opportunities in offshore wind and share experiences of UK oil and gas companies who have done so successfully. View a more detailed description of our speakers here.

  • Stuart Payne, Director of HR and Supply Chain, UK’s Oil and Gas Authority
  • Ian Phillips, Chief Executive, Oil & Gas Innovation Centre
  • Ross Tyler, Executive Vice President, Business Network for Offshore Wind

Around the World Series | Ghana

1400–1700 | NRG Center, Level 2 | Room 300

Ghana: Developing Local Capacity and Capability in Ghana's Oil and Gas Sector

Oil and gas exploration started in Ghana in the nineteenth century in the onshore Tano Basin.  Since then, exploration in the country was intermittent until the discovery of the Saltpond field in 1970. Following this was the Jubilee discovery in 2007 which came on stream in 2010. Currently, Ghana has two other producing fields in addition to the Jubilee field: the Twenneboa, Enyenra and Ntomme (TEN) and Sankofa Gye-Nyame fields.

To accelerate exploratory activities and shore up production in the country, Ghana has adopted the competitive approach for the award of Exploration and Production Licences. We have launched our maiden licensing round and hope to award exploration and production licences by the end of August 2019

Even though Ghana’s upstream oil industry is fast evolving as evidenced by the entry of so many reputable international oil companies, most Ghanaians and indigenous Ghanaian companies are not fully equipped to take up jobs and oil concessions in the industry.

The downstream industry on the other hand, has had a handful of participants, including state-owned companies and international oil companies since independence. These numbers have increased substantially over the years.

However, a lot more needs to be done in terms of investments and even local capacity development taking cognizance of Government of Ghana’s intention to create a petroleum hub for the downstream sector in the country.

Therefore, the Government of Ghana is not only interested in bringing in experienced oil companies to explore and exploit the petroleum resources, and trade in petroleum products in the country but also seeks to use the partnership with these companies to develop local capacity for both the upstream and downstream industries.


Around the World Series | Guyana

1400–1700 | NRG Center, Level 2 | Room 302

Guyana: Sustainable Development Goals for the Oil & Gas Industry: Guyana 2030

The 17 goals of the United Nations Member States 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development represents a global vision for overcoming poverty while protecting the planet and ensuring all people enjoy peace and prosperity. The 2030 Agenda emphasizes how social fairness and environmental sustainability accompany economic growth brought about by the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs); this necessitates unprecedented cooperation and collaboration between the commercial sector, governments, development partners and non-governmental organizations.

Guyana is a case in point: on the cusp of an unrivaled oil, revolution a judicious path forward is needed to realize long-term democratic economic wealth creation while balancing the needs of environmental sustainability. This session will bring together select, relevant, and experienced representatives from the international oil & gas industry, national government and non-government organizations to reflect upon challenge and debate the oil and gas community’s role in sustainable development in the context of Guyana and its proven offshore resources.

Moderator: Wendy Brown, IOGP - Environment Director

  • Nicholas Chuck-A-Sang, Deputy Director, Petroleum Department, Ministry of Natural Resources, Guyana
  • Erik Oswald, Exxon Mobil Exploration Vice President Americas
  • Becci Collacott, IPIECA Sustainable Development Head
  • Valerie Marcel, Chatham House New Producer Group Project Lead 

Thursday, 9 May 2019

OTC Energy Education Institute

0730–1345 | NRG Center, Level 2

The Energy Education Institute conducts two events - one for high school students and another for all grade level teachers. Teachers and students will participate in grade-appropriate hands-on energy exploration experiments provided by the NEED Project. This year, the workshops are generously sponsored by ExxonMobil: 

Exxon Mobil

The Energy Education Institute welcomes science teachers to this free, one-day workshop. Teachers receive hands-on training by qualified facilitators, listen to a presentation from a prominent energy professional and tour the OTC exhibit floor. Additionally, teachers receive a variety of free instructional materials to take back to their classrooms.


Studies prove that hands-on activities create connections between the classroom and real-world situations. This style of teaching also nurtures critical thinking and problem-solving skills, which are traits that many employers value.

This energy education workshop not only is a lot of fun for the students, but the program also is incredibly educational. Because we use hands-on activities, students do not passively listen to a lecture; they must think through a problem or situation. They learn that they can interpret data, which is a fundamental skill for engineers.

Explore age-appropriate energy curriculum through hands-on activities. Instructors from the National Energy Education Development Project (NEED), the US’s leading provider of energy education programs and materials to schools, lead this part of the workshop. All NEED learning activities are correlated to the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills.

The NEED Project:
NEED is the US’s leading provider of energy education programs and materials to schools. All NEED learning activities are age-appropriate and correlated to Texas science standards and objectives, as well as other disciplines. For more information about the NEED Project and its curriculum, visit

Among the biggest exhibit floors in the energy industry, the OTC exhibit floor reveals all aspects of the offshore oil and gas industry. From helicopters to blow out preventers to crew quarters for offshore rigs, the exhibit floor has it all! Participants in both workshops get to tour and chat with energy professionals showcasing their technologies and services



  • "For 50 years, OTC has encouraged scientists and engineers to develop innovative technologies that have unleashed the potential of offshore energy sources needed for global growth and progress."
    —Patrick Pouyanné
    Chairman and CEO, Total
  • "We can never forget that its companies like the 2018 Spotlight Award winners that are driving the technological advancements necessary to propel our industry for the next 50 years."
    —Paul Jones
    Spotlight Award Committee Chair