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Celebrating 50 years

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

Around the World Series

Around the World Series

Travel the World and Never Leave Houston

Global industry leaders will discuss new licensing and business opportunities, as well as recently introduced technologies.  Hear the latest information from principals representing:  Norway, Australia, Mexico, Canada, France, United Kingdom, Israel, Ghana, and Guyana.

Watch the OTC 2019 Around the World series videos

Norway: Look to Norway – The Cradle of Subsea Technology - Presenting Latest Advances. Watch the video
Australia: Innovation, Science, and Technology: The Foundation of Australia's Economic Prosperity and Technology Capabilities Watch the video
Israel: Israeli Gas Opportunities Watch the video
Mexico: From Acreage to Markets: how leaseholders production from Mexico will safely reach markets Watch the video
Canada: Billions in new energy sector investment across Canada Watch the video
France: French Offshore Industry, an Odyssey Watch the video
United Kingdom: Opportunities in the UK Energy Industry Watch the video
Ghana: Developing Local Capacity and Capability in Ghana’s Oil and Gas Sector Watch the video
Guyana:  Sustainable Development Goals for the Oil & Gas Industry: Guyana 2030 Watch the video

Select a country below for more information and to add to your calendar.

Monday, 6 May



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

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

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. View the more detailed descriptions for the entire program in the attached file.

  • Morten Paulsen, Consul General, Royal Norwegian Consulate General in Houston
  • Ms. Liv Lønnum, Deputy 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
  • Torolf Christensen, Project Director, Aasta Hansteen Field Development, Equinor
  • John Macleod, Chief Technology Officer, Aker Solutions
  • Mads Hjelmeland, Vice President, One Subsea
  • Dag Aldal, President, ClampOn
  • Håkon Skretting, Director Norwegian Energy Partners




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

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

The Australian Trade and Investment Commission will be presenting an Australian Showcase and reception 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
  • Andrew Parnell, Government and Strategic Director, Aspen Medical Pty Ltd
  • Wayne Gerard, CEO, Redeye
  • Afton Galbraith, Managing Director, Subsea Engineering Associates
  • Trevor Bloch, CEO, VROC


Israel: Israeli Gas Opportunities 

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

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 9 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.

Tuesday, 7 May



Mexico: From Acreage to Markets: how leaseholders production from Mexico will safely reach markets 

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

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 Resources, Reserves and Associations
  • Andrés Brugmann, Country Manager-Mexico, Fieldwood Energy Mexico
  • Felipe Arbeláez, BP Latin America, Regional President
  • 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


Canada: Billions in new energy sector investment across Canada

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

Officials from Canadian provinces will highlight the most recent developments across Canada: hundreds of millions of dollars of new drilling commitments in offshore Newfoundland and Labrador; new geoscience tying offshore Nova Scotia to offshore Morocco; 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; and LNG Canada’s project under construction on the British Columbia coast. 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.

Canada Coast to Coast

  • The Hon. Derek Mombourquette, Minister of Energy and Mines, Province of Nova Scotia
  • Jim Keating, Executive Vice President - Offshore Development, Nalcor Energy, Newfoundland and Labrador
  • Gary Mar, President & CEO, Petroleum Services Association of Canada (PSAC), Alberta
  • Douglas George, Acting Consul General, Consulate General of Canada in Texas

Ocean Technology and Innovation Across Canada

  • Andrew Noseworthy, Senior Advisor (Energy), Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency
  • Kendra MacDonald, CEO, Canada’s Ocean Supercluster
  • Matthew Kowalczyk, President, Ocean Floor Geophysics
  • Blair MacDougall, President, Waterford Energy Services
  • Steve Dodd, Vice President, Operations & Business Development, GRI Simulations


France: French Offshore Industry, an Odyssey

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

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, TECHNIPFMC, President Subsea
  • Artur Nunes Da Silva, TOTAL, VP Deep Offshore and Subsea

Wednesday, 8 May

United Kingdom

United Kingdom

United Kingdom: Opportunities in the UK Energy Industry

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

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 and US.

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 percent since 2014. The speakers will provide insights 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 transferable technology and skills 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.

0900–1030: Oil & Gas Opportunities in the UK’s North Sea

  • Karen Bell, Consul General, British Consulate General - Houston
  • Stuart Payne, Director of HR and Supply Chain, Oil and Gas Authority UK
  • Rogeiro Mendonca: Vice President, Baker Hughes, a GE Company
  • Ian Phillips, Chief Executive, UK Oil & Gas Innovation Centre
  • Mark Priest, Oil & Gas, Engineering, Marine and Space Specialist, UK’s Department for International Trade

1030–1100: 30 Minute Networking Break         

1100–1200: Transferable Opportunities From Oil & Gas to Offshore Wind

  • Ross Tyler, Executive Vice President, US Business Network for Offshore Wind
  • Amanda Duhon, Regional Director, North & Central America, Energy Industries Council  
  • David Nemetz, President of Tele-Fonika Cables Americas and Director - Americas, JDR Cables
  • Ian Griffiths, General Manager & Vice President, SMD
  • Carlos St. James, Director for Strategic Development, Clean Energy Americas, Wood
  • Stephanie Milne, Senior Environmental Manager, Team Leader US Offshore Renewables RPS Group
  • Jim Bell, CEO, Found Ocean


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

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

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 Licenses. We have launched our maiden licensing round and hope to award exploration and production licenses 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. Click here to view a more detailed agenda and to meet our speakers.

1330: Arrival and Registration

1400: Arrival of The Honourable John Peter Amewu, Minister of Energy 

1405: Introduction of Dignitaries and CEO’s

1415: Introduction of The Honorable Minister 

1420: Keynote Address by The Honorable Minister of Energy 

  • The Honorable John Peter Amewu 

1450: Short Video on Ghana’s Oil & Gas Sector 

  • Recorded Video Message by the President of Ghana 

1500: Panel Discussion Ghana’s Upstream Sector (Policy, Regulation, Local Content, Local Capability and Investment Case for Ghana’s Upstream Sector) with Q&A 

Moderator: Vicky Bright, AddisonBrightSloane Law Firm

  • The Honourable Dr. Mohammed Amin Adam, Deputy Energy Minister, Ghana 
  • Mr. Egbert Faibille Jnr, CEO Petroleum Commission, Ghana 
  • Mr. Joe Mensah, Country Manager, Kosmos Energy Ghana HC 
  • Mr. Kweku Awotwi, Executive Vice President, Tullow Oil PLC 
  • Ms. Randi Cruz, Country Manager, ExxonMobil E&P Ghana 
  • Dr. K.K Sarpong, CEO, Ghana National Petroleum Corporation (GNPC) 
  • Mr. Jan Helge Skogen, General Manager in Ghana, Aker 

1600: Short Video Break 

1610: Panel Discussion on Ghana’s Middle & Downstream Petroleum Sector, the Vision of a Petroleum Hub and a Gas Economy – with Q&A  

Moderator: Kimathi Kuenyehia, Kimathi & Partners 

  • The Honourable Dr. Mohammed Amin Adam, Deputy Energy Minister 
  • Mr. Hassan Tampuli, CEO, National Petroleum Authority 
  • Dr. Ben Asante, CEO, Ghana Gas Company Limited 
  • Mr. Patrick A.K Akorli, Group CEO & Managing Director, GOIL 
  • Mr. Isaac Osei, Managing Director, TOR 
  • Mr. Senyo Hosi, CEO, CBOD 

1650: Closing Remarks

  • Patricia Asaam, Ministry of Energy

1700: Cocktail Reception & Acknowledgment of Sponsors



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

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

The 17 goals of the UN Member States 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development represents a global vision for overcoming poverty while protecting the planet. The 2030 Agenda emphasizes social fairness and environmental sustainability must accompany economic development necessitating unprecedented cooperation between governments, industry and development organizations. Guyana is a case in point: its unrivaled oil revolution requires a judicious path to realize long-term democratic wealth creation while responsibly and sustainably protecting its environment. Join this unique, important debate; hear from national government leaders, international oil & gas executives, and non-government expert organizations on our industry’s role in sustainable development.

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

  • "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