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Breakfasts and Luncheons

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Monday, 30 April






Topical Breakfasts

Tickets are USD 40 each.

Exciting Developments in Subsea Intervention Technology

  • Knut Eriksen, Senior Vice President–Subsea Products, Oceaneering

This presentation will provide an overview of the technology being applied for subsea intervention. Being a very broad topic, we will focus on areas that are seeing a resurgence of development – flow assurance, well control, repair and maintenance, and ROV operations.

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Managing Risk and Building Value in the Next Decade (formerly titled: Industry Direction and Future Growth) (SOLD-OUT)

  • Bernard Looney, Executive Vice President, BP

Come hear how BP is approaching future upstream projects and operations, as it sets out to help meet rapidly rising energy demand while assimilating the lessons from the 2010 Deepwater Horizon accident.

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Topical Luncheons

Tickets are USD 50 each.

Center for Offshore Safety


  • Charlie Williams, Executive Director, Center for Offshore Safety

The Center for Offshore Safety (COS) is an industry-sponsored organization focused exclusively on offshore safety. The center serves the offshore oil & gas industry and has a special focus on deepwater drilling , completions, and production.

COS offers a Safety and Environmental Management Systems (SEMS) toolkit that is useful to the entire industry and will aid companies in their efforts to comply with BSEE SEMS regulations. COS programs and activities will support good practice sharing and development among companies and the delivery of unified industry reports based on SEMS auditing. The program is being designed to include auditor training, auditor verification, and audit tools specifically designed for SEMS audits.

This luncheon presentation will provide an overview of the center’s recently approved three-year strategic plan. It will also cover recent accomplishments with an emphasis on its efforts to continually improve the industry’s safety and environmental performance.

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The Deepwater Adventure in West Africa: Achievements and Prospects

  • Y.L. Darricarrere, CEO, Total E&P

International operators, including Total, have developed deepwater fields for more than 10 years. West Africa is a major contributor with numerous projects in Nigeria, Angola, and Congo. The oil and gas industry has, and will continue to, explored new technological avenues such as subsea processing with gas/liquid or liquid/liquid separation. Technology qualification assessment and active involvement in industry enhancement are some of the crucial elements.

Total has gained operational experience with the development of fields such as Girassol, Dalia, Moho, Akpo, and now Pazflor. This expertise has allowed several innovative technologies and techniques to emerge and novel field development concepts to become field proven.

More technical innovations will be needed to meet the requirements of deeper water depths and more complex fluids to produce.

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Brazilian Regulatory Regime for Offshore Oil and Gas Development (SOLD-OUT)

  • Magda Chambriard, General Director, ANP
  • Francisco Sanchez, US Undersecretary of Commerce, Department of Commerce

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Tuesday, 1 May


Topical Breakfasts

Tickets are USD 40 each.

The New Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement: What to Expect


  • Rear Admiral James Watson, Director, Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement

On October 1, 2011, the new Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) was created to enforce safety and environmental regulations on the Outer Continental Shelf.  BSEE functions encompass all field operations including permitting, regulatory programs, research, oil spill response, training, inspections, and enforcement. 

Doug Morris will discuss the agency’s structure and mission and the challenges that it faces as it promotes safety and compliance in offshore operations. 

Emerging Role of China in the Offshore Industry

  • Daniel Chang, Executive Vice President, Wison Offshore and Marine
  • Dwayne Breaux, President/CEO, Wison Offshore and Marine

Over the last two decades, China has experienced unprecedented growth in both its economy and its position in the world energy markets. The country has rapidly developed its local industries, including the building of infrastructure, heavy manufacturing, and the overall oil and gas market.

This presentation will address China’s impact in the global offshore oil and gas sector. It will also review how the local infrastructure and supply chain has been expanded to meet the demands of its role in this market, in particular the development of deepwater assets, subsea and offshore equipment manufacturing, LNG terminals, and other highly technical pursuits. This topic will be expressed from the view of an emerging private Chinese fabrication yard to share how it is playing a role in providing systems and driving innovation in the offshore EPCI landscape.

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Gazprom Conventional /Unconventional Resources Development Plans

  • Vsevolod Cherepanov, Department Head Gas, Gas Condensate and Oil Production, Gazprom

Gazprom is one of the world’s largest energy companies. Its major business lines are geological exploration, production, transportation, storage, processing, and marketing of hydrocarbons as well as generation and marketing of heat and electric power. Gazprom’s mission is to ensure maximally efficient and balanced gas supply to Russian customers and reliably fulfill long-term gas export contracts.

Vsevolod will explore Russia's energy industry future and challenges, and the unconventional resource's development plans at the national and international level. Furthermore, he will highlight the role Gazprom would like to play in the gas market, and will discuss Gasprom’s future plans and strategy. Along with the presentations, Gazprom will show short films explaining their activities and ongoing projects.


Industry Breakfast

Opportunities for Trade and Investment in the United Kingdom’s Offshore Oil and Gas Sector

Tickets are USD 40 each.

Organized by OTC and the US Department of Commerce, this breakfast will provide a forum for UK officials to highlight their nation’s oil and gas policy and promote trade and investment opportunities. Representatives from the UK Ministry of Trade and Investment and the oil and gas sector will make presentations. In addition, US industry executives will give an overview of their experience doing business in the UK.

  • Welcome and Introductions
    Peter Perez, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Manufacturing, US Department of Commerce, International Trade Administration
  • New Developments and Opportunities in the British North Sea
    Lord Stephen Green of Hurstpierpoint, Minister of UK Trade and Investment, United Kingdom Ministry of State for Trade and Investment
  • U.K North Sea Production: The Challenges to Remaining Competitive

    Gretchen H. Watkins, Vice President, Marathon Oil Company

  • The North Sea – Mature But Still Open to New Ideas
    Andrew Kirchin, Vice President, RPS Energy Group, Inc.
  • Question and Answer Period and Closing Remarks
    Peter Perez, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Manufacturing, US Department of Commerce, International Trade Administration


Ethics Breakfast

Tickets are USD 40 each.

Oil Spills, Ethics, and Society

  • W.C. (Rusty) Riese, Geoscientist Licensed / Adjunct Professor, Rice University
  • David Miller, Director, Standards, American Petroleum Institute

This breakfast focuses on how spills, ethics, and society intersect, and where the responsibilities reside. Transparency is also a big part of the process of generating industry standards and best practices. The breakfast speakers will provide examples and objectives for dealing with these critical matters in the industry.

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Topical Luncheons

Tickets are USD 50 each.

British Innovation in the Global Oil & Gas Supply Chain

  • Lord Stephen Green, Minister of UK Trade and Investment, United Kingdom Ministry of State for Trade and Investment

Over the last 40 years, the hostile waters of the North Sea have provided a rich source of oil and gas as well as an opportunity for the UK energy industry to develop first-class products, services, and expertise. UK companies now lead the world in many areas of finding, developing, and extracting oil and gas and managing installations. They also lead in research and development efforts, with 9.9% of all energy industry expenditure going directly to R&D projects. Because of their accomplishments, British energy-related exports have increased to more than USD 30 billion per annum.

The British Minister of State for Trade & Investment will talk about the positive trends in the UK and US trade relationship and the impact of British innovation in the oil & gas industry.

Safety: Mining the Diamond

  • Neil Duffin, President, ExxonMobil Development Company

As the oil & gas industry continues to push the boundaries of new technologies and geographic areas to meet the world’s energy needs, it must continue to seek new innovations in safety performance as well. While there has been success in reducing the overall number of safety incidents that occur, it has not had equivalent success in reducing the number of high consequence safety events, including fatalities, from occurring.  

This has prompted ExxonMobil to begin to think differently about its SSH&E approach to ensure it is preparing for and eliminating the highest impact incidents. The company’s new approach focuses on “mining the diamond” of the traditional safety pyramid. 

To take safety performance to the next level, additional emphasis must be placed on identifying and mitigating the high consequence risk that can lead to fatalities or serious injury. This focus needs to be placed on not just personnel safety, but process safety as well.


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A Department of Energy Perspective on the Management of High-Consequence Low-Probability Risks

  • Randall O. Gauntt, Manager, Severe Accident Analysis Department, Sandia National Laboratories

Following the 2011 earthquake and Tsunami in Japan, three of the reactors at the 6-unit Fukushima site experienced a protracted electrical blackout for several days that resulted in severe damage to the nuclear cores and a significant release of radioactivity to the environment. This class of accidents in the nuclear industry is an extremely low-probability event that presents obvious challenges to the viability of the industry.

Similar in design to operating reactors in the US, Gauntt will describe in easy to understand terms the events that took place during these accidents. He will describe the current practices in the nuclear industry with respect to regulatory requirements and risk management associated with such low-probability, high-consequence events, including use of Probabilistic Risk Assessment, defense in depth principles, system response models, and accident management planning. Responding to these accidents involved significant improvisation during and after, and posed significant lessons learned for the nuclear industry.

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CNOOC's South China Sea Development Plan

  • Xiaojian Jin, General Manager, Engineering and Construction, CNOOC

In the past 28 years, CNOOC has developed a series of unique economical and efficient E&P technologies to achieve its annual offshore production to 52 million MT (about 380 MMBOE) in 2010 from its challenging offshore fields (half of the reserves are marginal and 75% are heavy oil).

To sustain China’s rapid economic development, CNOOC made an ambitious plan to produce annually, by the end of the next ten years, 50 million MT (about 367 MMBOE) from shallow water, 50 million MT from deep water, 50 million MT from abroad fields, and 50 million MT equivalent from clean energy.

CNOOC has developed new technologies for shallow water E&P, and is now focusing on deepwater fields in South China Sea and thus facing new challenges in deepwater E&P.

The presenter will introduce CNOOC’s proven E&P technologies, show CNOOC’s prospective in the South China Sea, and discuss international cooperation opportunities.

Follow the Risk: Process Safety Developments in Shell Deepwater Wells

  • Martin Vos, Vice President–Deepwater Wells, Shell International E&P

Management systems and metrics for process safety in wells (drilling, completions and well interventions) are being further developed post-Macondo. Vos will share what Shell is doing with regards to process safety and what metrics they are using.

He will explain Shell’s efforts related to:

  • People – well control training and accreditation of all staff and contractors
  • Equipment – electronic well control assurance tool to monitor wells barriers, and well control equipment for all deepwater rigs globally during the well construction process
  • Standards – Shell’s global wells standards and process safety basic requirements, including how they changed post-Macondo

Wednesday, 2 May


Industry Breakfast: Norway

Tickets are USD 40 each.

Organized by OTC and the US Department of Commerce, this breakfast will provide a forum for Norway’s Minister of Petroleum and Energy and Statoil’s CEO to highlight Norway’s oil and gas policy and promote trade and investment opportunities. In addition, an executive of a US–Norway oil and gas company will give an overview of the company’s experience doing business in Norway.

  • Welcome and Introductions

    Christopher Smith, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Oil and Gas, US Department of Energy

  • Why Norway? – Norway's Petroleum Strategy
    Espen Myhra, Deputy Director General, Ministry of Petroleum and Energy
  • Major New Discoveries – New Optimism

    Bente Nyland, Director General, Norwegian Petroleum Directorate

  • Elevating the Norwegian Continental Shelf to the Next Level
    Lief Johan Sevland, President and CEO, ONS Foundation
  • Business View: The Perspective of a US Company in Norway
  • David Hendicott, Manager for Norway Development, ConocoPhillips

  • Question and Answer Period and Closing Remarks
  • Christopher Smith, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Oil and Gas, US Department of Energy


Topical Breakfasts

Tickets are USD 40 each.

Energy Policy in the United States: Realities, Fantasies, and Rhetoric


  • Congressman Bill Flores, US Representative, 17th District of Texas

Congressman Bill Flores represents the 17th District of Texas and is a former energy executive and entrepreneur, certified public accountant, and member of the House Committee on Natural Resources.

For decades, policymakers in Washington have failed to take actions required to build a market-driven portfolio of energy resources to fuel our economy. Our country has put too much focus on energy solutions based on ideology and the federal government’s ideas on what was best for our economy and our nation. These centrally planned solutions were not always based upon the required underpinnings of consumer choice, technical feasibility, cost-competitiveness, and long-term economic impact.

Energy is one of the basic building blocks for successful economies, and economic opportunity is certainly constrained without a stable, secure, and affordable supply of it. Flores will provide insight on his experiences in his new role as a member of Congress and an outlook on energy policy in the 112th Congress.

Investment Opportunities in Nigeria in the Era of PIB and NCD

  • Mutiu Sunmonu, MD SPDC/Vice President Production, Shell Nigeria

With the signing into law of the Nigerian Oil & Gas Industry Content Development (NOGICD) Act in April 2010 and plans by the Federal government to pass the Petroleum Industry Bill (PIB) into law, Nigeria is at the beginning of a transformational shift in the management of its huge oil & gas resources.

The NOGICD Act aims to expand the role of local businesses in contracting chains with attendant socioeconomic gains, while the PIB gives the government greater control of the oil and gas resources that remain the backbone of the nation’s economy. Both legislations could potentially present new prospects for operating companies and investors.

The Nigerian government needs to provide an enabling environment characterized by a predictable and transparent implementation policy, attractive incentives, a competitive market-led implementation approach, and most importantly, security and stability. Innovative partnerships between multinational and Nigerian companies will play a central role in such an environment, as partnerships will attract more foreign direct investment into the Nigerian energy sector. Such partnerships would facilitate the transfer of technical skills and foster the development of local resource and supply chain capacities.

Nikaitchuq, Offshore Alaska

  • David Moles, Alaska Eni Representative & Development Manager

In February 2011, Eni began oil production at the Nikaitchuq field, located offshore the Alaska North Slope at an average water depth of 3 meters. The field, which is Eni's first operated Arctic project, is 100% owned and operated by Eni with recoverable reserves estimated at 220 million barrels of oil. Nikaitchuq is expected to produce for more than 30 years with peak production of 28,000 barrels of oil per day.

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Petrovietnam – Future Plans and Projects

  • Dr. Nguyen Quoc Thap, Sr. Vice President/COO, Petrovietnam

Over the past 50 years, together with its leaders and a vision for the development of Vietnam, the Vietnam Oil and Gas Group (Petrovietnam) has been developed into the country’s leading energy and one of the largest state-owned business enterprises. Additionally, Petrovietnam has played an important role for its contribution in the industrialization and modernization of Vietnam.

With a workforce of more than 50,000 employees, 17 subsidiaries and 8 affiliated companies, Petrovietnam is the country’s largest oil producer and second-largest power producer in Vietnam. Petrovietnam has been active in the development of oil & gas E&P, the development of storage facilities, refineries and distribution of refined fuel, power generation, maritime, logistics handling of oil services and financial services that contribute to the overall economic development of the country’s GDP.

Petrovietnam is currently implementing its development plan for 2011–2015 with a growth rate goal of 18%-20% annually.

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Topical Luncheons

Tickets are USD 50 each.

NPC: Prudent Development of North American Natural Gas and Oil Resources Study


  • Clay Bretches, Vice President of E&P Services, Anadarko Petroleum Corporation

In response to US Energy Secretary Steven Chu's request, the National Petroleum Council (NPC) conducted a comprehensive study to reassess the character and potential of North American natural gas and oil resources. It also evaluated the contribution that natural gas can make in a transition to a lower carbon energy mix while achieving objectives of environmental protection, economic growth, and energy security.

This charge demanded a study that assessed environmental, operational, technology, supply, demand, and infrastructure considerations. The effort involved more than 400 participants from diverse backgrounds and organizations, 58% of whom are employed by organizations outside of natural gas and oil companies. The NPC delivered detailed findings and policy recommendations to Secretary Chu in September 2011. 

Clay Bretches chaired the NPC Coordinating Subcommittee and will provide a recap of this landmark study and the implications on US energy policy.

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Unlocking Stranded Offshore Gas

  • Matthias Bichsel, Director of Projects and Technology, Shell International E&P

Increasing population, rapid economic growth in Asia and elsewhere, and rising living standards are all contributing to a relentless rise in global energy needs.  Because of its availability, affordability, and lower environmental impact, natural gas is gaining an increasing share of the fossil fuel mix.

LNG's role in global energy markets is growing, not least because of the flexibility and interconnectivity it offers to suppliers and customers alike. 

Bichsel will discuss how several factors will further drive LNG demand in the near future including the reduced role of nuclear in power generation, intensifying efforts at CO2 abatement, increasing use of LNG in the US as a cheaper fuel alternative for long-distance trucks and more.

Certain trends and innovations are already visible in industry efforts to deliver what is required. Floating LNG, a Shell first, epitomizes all these trends and marks a new era in terms of scale, standardization, integration, and replication, enabling economic development of stranded gas on an unprecedented level.

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Challenges on Major Projects for Independents

  • Keith Elliot, Vice President, Noble Energy

Independents have applied their agile and entrepreneurial spirit to capture high-impact discoveries that include deepwater and ultradeepwater fields, and international activities. They are now developing and operating major oil and gas assets worldwide.

Development of a major asset may represent a sizeable commitment of an independent’s capitalization. A poor performance, even on a single major asset development and its operations, can significantly impact their value.

Independents’ challenge is to achieve differentiating performance while managing delivery risks. It requires them to incorporate disciplined and structured development practices into their management systems, while preserving their entrepreneurial spirit.

Meeting this challenge is enabling independents to deliver superior business value and growth in both their emerging and mature assets.

Partnering to Win in an Increasingly Complex Oil and Gas Environment
Speaker: Daniel C. Heintzelman, CEO, GE Oil & Gas

By 2020, the world will need 100 Mboed of oil and gas a day. To meet this additional production, we need to access more complex sources of energy. New additions will come from more challenging locations, such as ultradeep subsea reservoirs, and will be more difficult to process into end products. In addition, the industry is contending with ever increasing environmental and safety issues.

These factors combined make our current global environment possibly one of the most complex ever seen. All these challenges place strong demands on international and national oil companies as well as EPCs and equipment manufacturers like GE, who need to develop new technology, expand manufacturing capabilities, and develop a larger workforce of talented individuals. Clearly, technology, cooperation, and innovation are critical to meet future demand.

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UAE Energy Mix: Opportunities and Challenges (CANCELLED)

This luncheon has been cancelled.

  • Attendees who purchased a ticket to this event are welcome to attend any other luncheon on Wednesday that still has available seats, or you can receive a refund.
  • Once on-site, please visit the registration area in Reliant Arena or Reliant Center, Lobby D, to transfer your ticket to another available luncheon or receive a refund. See our registration hours.

Thursday, 3 May


Industry Breakfast: Israel

Tickets are USD 40 each.

Organized by OTC and the US Department of Commerce, this breakfast will provide a forum for Israeli government officials to highlight their nation’s oil and gas policy and promote trade and investment opportunities. Representatives from the Ministry of National Infrastructures will present. In addition, US industry executives will give an overview of company experience doing business in Israel.

  • Welcome and Introductions
    Art Schroeder Jr., CEO, Energy Valley, Inc.
  • Developments in Israel's Natural Gas Market
    Uzi Landau, Minister of Energy and Water Resources, Israel
  • Noble Energy's Natural Gas Breakthrough in Israel
    Terry Gerhart, Vice President, Eastern Mediterranean, Noble Energy
  • Israeli Gas: Opening a New Eastern Med Frontier?
    Susan Farrell, Senior Director, PFC Energy
  • Question and Answer Period and Closing Remarks
    Art Schroeder Jr., CEO, Energy Valley, Inc.


Topical Breakfast

The UH Energy Research Park: An Investment in Houston’s Future
Tickets are USD 40 each.


  • Renu Khator, President and Chancellor, University of Houston

In 2009, the University of Houston purchased the former Schlumberger Well Services headquarters south of the UH campus on the Gulf Freeway. Since then, UH has spent or committed nearly USD 60 million toward making the UH Energy Research Park (ERP) a preeminent research and academic hub. It is anticipated that another USD 50 million will be needed to fully renovate the park’s fifteen buildings. UH has successfully transitioned key programs—including petroleum engineering and the Texas Diesel Testing & Research Center—to the ERP, with plans to centralize all energy research and education programs at the park as facilities come online. Khator will deliver an overview of the university’s vision that led to the acquisition of the park, as well as what is needed to ensure the ERP becomes a resource not only for UH but for the university’s industrial partners as well.

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Topical Luncheon

Tickets are USD 50 each.

Israeli Government’s Role as a Facilitator: Near- and Long-Term Success in the Emerging Energy Sector


  • Uzi Landau, Minister of Energy and Water Resources, Israel

Minister Landau will review the current state of Israel’s energy industry as it relates to significant opportunities created by recent discoveries and the infrastructure required to support them. He will address the changing economics, which will ultimately result in Israel becoming more energy independent, with the potential for natural gas export on the horizon. Additionally, there are potential barriers which need to be overcome. He will also discuss recent positive changes with their growing partnerships, not only with US entities, but the strengthening of relationships with neighbors such as Cyprus. These partnerships will create positive global implications for the region.

The Nexus of Energy, Environment, and Climate Change Issues

  • Speaker: Philip Grossweiler, Principal Consultant, M&H Energy Services

The nexus of energy, environment, and climate change issues will continue to create major challenges and opportunities for the energy industry. The industry and society will continue to debate issues such as peak oil, climate change, and a prospective transition from fossil fuels to renewable energy sources.

This presentation will provide perspectives on the difficult energy choices facing the US, world economies, and societies over the next 50 years and potential scenarios for a transition to renewable energy sources.  

It will also offer an outlook on recent and ongoing US energy and climate change policy debates in Washington. Comments on climate change issues will include prospects for action by the UN IPCC and potential impacts on US energy policies.

Broader discussion includes issues such as energy R&D, potential “game changing” energy solutions; investments and costs for fossil fuel scenarios; additional investments and costs for transition to renewable fuels; and realistic cost estimates to address climate change issues.    


The OTC breakfasts and luncheons will be held in Reliant Center, level 2, in rooms 202, 204, 206, and 300.

The specific room for each breakfast or luncheon will be indicated on signs outside the rooms.