26th Annual Conference Slated For May 2 to 5 Touted as the leading worldwide forum for the exchange of technical information vital for exploration and development of ocean resources and protection of the offshore environment, the 1994 version of the Offshore Technology Conference (OTC) once again offers a strong cast of exhibitions and conferences. Scheduled for May 2 to 5 at the Houston Astro dome U.S.A. Com plex, OTC prima rily serves the offshore industry engineers, managers and scientists from around the globe.
Considered a eading international event, the OTC exhibition will include approximately 1,250 manufacturers and suppliers of offshore equipment and ser vices, occupying more than 225,000- sq.-ft. of space in the ExpoCenter, Astrohall and outdoor exhibition arena. Recent exhibit space reservation statistics indicated a 10 percent increase over last year's show, a fact show management attributes to increased emphasis on overseas operations and a general expansion of the world market. National stands will include companies and delegations from: Canada, the European Community, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Monaco, The Netherands, Norway, Scotland, Sweden, the J.K. and, for the first time, Austraia. Since OTC's inception more than a quarter of a century ago, more than one million registrants representing 100 countries have attended the technical programs and exhibitions. "The field-ready' nature of our technical papers has always been an OTC hallmark," said Stephen Cassiani of Exxon Exploration Co., and the incoming Chairman of the OTC Board of Directors. Of the papers for presentation, the focus will vary and address a wide range of topics considered crucial to more efficient, safer and environmentally conscious offshore oil and gas operations.
Two highlights of the 48 session technical program are "Incen- ^ tives/Disincentives in Offshore Developments" on Tuesday, May 3; and "U.S. Natural Gas Supply Options" on Wednesday May 4.
The former will examine emerging trends that serve as indicators of the future of offshore d e v e l o p m e n t projects, spotlighting promising opportunities, while the latter will offer opinions on the strategic options available to meet projected increased U.S. demand for natural gas, with a discussion of alternative sources. A total of 244 papers were accepted for presentation, and while the topics, speakers and times are too lengthy to provide in their entirety, morning sessions will be held from 9:00 a.m. to noon, Monday through Thursday; afternoon session will be held from 2:00 to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Wednesday. A sampling of the topics for discussion include: Instrumentation and Control Systems; Gryphon Field Development; Mobile Offshore Drilling and Production Units; Floating Production Systems; Design & Repair of Offshore Structures; and Environmental Compliance — Industry Trends.
For additional information on OTC '94, contact: OTC, P.O. Box 833868, Richardson, Texas 75083- 3868, tel: (214) 952-9494; fax: (214) 952-9435.