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OTC is one of the most important global offshore events. Join the delegation and explore how new technology, best practices, emerging trends and proven methods are impacting the transforming landscape of the offshore oil and gas industry.


Please note, program is still in the works and will be updated during the next months!

Program items labeled with a region label, are reserved for the region. Please state during the registration to which region you belong.

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April 29
14:30 - 17:00

B2B Norske og US bedrifter

Houston is an important melting pot for international businesses and the OTC attracts many visitors. Norway2OTC, The Royal Norwegian Consulate, NACC and Stavanger Chamber hereby invite our members and contacts to an informal OTC kick off  to learn more about  Houston Economic Development  and networking as a start to a successful week for US and Norwegian companies and business associates.

02.30 pm:    Registration and small talk

03.00 pm:    Welcome by Peter Stewert, CEO, Cyviz

03.10 pm:     Greetings by Morten Paulsen, Consul General,
                         The Royal Norwegian Consulate General

03.15 pm:    Houston today as an attractive destination for business!
                        Bob Pertierrra, SVP & Chief Economic Development Officer, 
                        Greater Houston Partnership

03.35 pm:    B2B  - it's all up to me!

05.00 pm:    Closing

Refreshments: cold drinks, snacks and finger food

This event is free of charge, but please register for the purpose of preparations and  providing nametags required for entering the building.

Register here

Please note: Own transport

This event is organized by Stavanger Chamber of Commerce. For more information, please contact Inger Tone Ødegård

CYVIZ office
5555 San Felipe

20:00 - 22:00

Norwegian Delegation Get Together

The delegation gets together for a enjoyable start of the OTC.

Hyatt Regency Houston Galleria
2626 Sage Rd, Houston, TX 77056, USA

April 30
10:00 - 13:00

Explore Houston

Become familiar with Houston on foot and feel the heat, nature, wildlife and urban development of this great city. Norway2OTC and Stavanger Chamber of Commerce invite you to an informal morning to recharge ahead of an active OTC week.
Great for those who want to become familiar with downtown Houston. Lunch is payed by each paricipant.


10.15 Bus departs Hyatt after the information meeting

10:30 Venue: The Dunlavy, 3422 Allen Parkway, Houston, TX, 77019
          Coffee / juice / others as you wish

11:15 Walk & Talk along the Bayou! (5 km - nice walking paths on asphalt.
          Good shoes and easy outfits - and local guides are included.

12:30 Venue: Discovery Green, Downtown, 1500 Mc Kinney Street
          City Development

13.00 Lunch inside / outside - Restaurant Road - Avenida Houston

14.30 Return to your hotel or other desired

Register here

This event is organized by Stavanger Chamber of Commerce. For more information, please contact Inger Tone Ødegård

Discovery Green, Houston
1500 McKinney St, Houston, TX 77010, USA

13:00 - 16:00

DNB Boatcruise

Boatcruise – teambuilding and lunch for delegation and invited guests, hosted by DNB.

The yacht will take you on a pleasant trip in the Galveston Bay area. There will be a barbecue lunch and time for relationship building. Onboard you will meet representatives from DNB, and the companies in the Norwegian delegation, as well as Norwegian business representatives living in Houston.

Buss departs Hyatt at 11.15 and returns 16.00

Boardwalk FantaSea yacht
555 Bradford Ave Kemah, TX 77565

Proudly sponsored by:

16:00 - 19:00

Agder Business and Networking Reception

Hosted by the City of Kristiansand and the Counties of Aust and Vest Agder

Bus departs from the Hyatt at 15:30.

By invitation only

The Wynden
1025 S Post Oak Ln, Houston

May 1
08:00 - 10:00

Norwegian Delegation Breakfast Seminar

Breakfast is served from 07:30!

An Energy market  in transformation

The energy market is in radical transformation. The seminar will focus on factors contributing to the transformation.

A change from supply to demand driven – the big global drivers.

  • Price volatility
  • Lack of Capex
  • Depletion of reservoirs
  • Risk of a boom and bust market
  • From superprofit to more ”normal” profit levels

Change in energy policy – USA
100 days with President Trump – what has changed and the implications of changed made or announced?
Charles D McConnell, Rice University

Effect of ongoing M&A – both among the oil companies and service companies. 
An industry in change – restructuring, new alliances ann M&A – whats is happening? And how may this change the entire value chain?
Rystad Energy (TBN)

How will technology change the industry
·      Digitalization
·      Profit levels 
The Paris accord – how may that impact the industry?
Olafr Røsnes, Energy Attache The Norwegain Embassy in Washington DC

Hyatt Regency Houston Galleria
2626 Sage Rd, Houston, TX 77056, USA

Proudly sponsored by:

18:30 - 20:00

Consul General Morten Paulsen reception

The event takes place at Consul General Morten Paulsen’s residence.              

Bus departs at 18:15 from Hyatt Regency Houston Galleria, and departs 20:00 from Consul General’s residence to Fogo de Chão.

By invitation only.

Residence of the Norwegian General Consul, Houston, Texas
Rocky River road, Houston

20:30 - 23:00

SR-Banks annual OTC dinner

SR-Banks annual OTC dinner takes place at the Fogo de Chão restaurant, a Brazilian Steakhouse. 

Bus returns from Fogo de Chão at 23:00

By separate invitation only. Delegates registered before a certain date (TBA) will receive a separate invitation.

Fogo de Chão restaurant, Houston, Texas
8250 Westheimer Rd., Houston, Texas 77063

20:30 - 23:00

Subsea Valley annual OTC dinner

Subsea Valley annual OTC dinner hosted by Willis Towers Watson. 

River Oaks District, 4444 Westheimer Road

May 2
08:30 - 10:00

Public sector seminar: Transformation through innovation

What are the changes facing urban areas in the U.S.?

The role of incubators and accelerators as initiatives in the cities ecosystem for innovation and entrepreneurship.

Houston has one of the youngest, fastest growing, and most innovative diverse populations anywhere in the world.  The city has the 4th largest economy in the U.S and the 26th largest in the world. 

The Kinder Institute’s Area Survey has been conducted for 35 years. No other metropolitan region in the country has been the focus of a research program of this scope. The survey’s findings reveal how Houston is a harbinger of many of the changes facing urban areas across the U.S.

We have invited Stephen Klineberg from the Kinder Institute for Urban Research, Rice University, to talk about “Thirty-five years of the Kinder Houston Area survey: Tracking responses to a changing America”.  (www.kinder.rice.edu)

Austin is the number 1 U.S city for startup activities.  Houston has for years had record for commercialization of emerging technology companies. What has been the role of incubators and accelerators in the cities and regions ecosystems for innovation?

Forbes has ranked Houston Technology center as one of "Ten Technology Incubators Changing the World," and as one of "Twelve Business Incubators Changing the World".  It is the largest technology business incubator and accelerator in Texas.  (www.houstontech.org)

The Austin Technology Incubator is the startup incubator of the University of Texas at Austin, a program of the University’s IC2 Institute, and has a 25-year track record of helping founding teams achieve success. (http://ati.utexas.edu/)

Speakers from both centres will present how they work, their roles, experiences and challenges on how to work as essential part of the cities ecosystems for innovation and entrepreneurship. 

Breakfast served from 08:30

Hyatt Regency Houston Galleria
2626 Sage Rd, Houston, TX 77056, USA

08:30 - 10:00

GCE Subsea/Subsea Valley - Technology Breakfast

Focus on crossover between subsea and other industries.

  • Mark Gittleman, EVP Intuitive Machines  
  • Bill Maddock, Director Subsea Systems Institute, UH Energy
  • Julia Badger - Robonaut Deputy Project Manager, NASA

Breakfast served from 08:30

Hyatt Regency Houston Galleria
2626 Sage Rd, Houston, TX 77056, USA

11:30 - 14:00

NACC Business Lunch

The event takes place at The Houstonian Hotel, Club & Spa



Please note, registration and non-refundable payment ($60.00) is done via the delegation.

Dress code: business attire


18:00 - 21:30

WECP reception

Joint Reception for the World Energy Cities Partnership (WECP).

Hotel Zaza
5701 Main Street Houston, Texas 77005

May 3
07:30 - 11:30

Norwegian Energy Partners Breakfast Meeting

Norwegian Energy Partners, in cooperation with Norway2OTC, invite you to a Breakast Meeting focusing on Opportunities in the US and how to be successful.

The meeting is particularly relevant for key management representatives.

For more information and registration

The event is organized by Norwegian Energy Partners

Hyatt Regency Houston Galleria
2626 Sage Rd, Houston, TX 77056, USA

09:00 - 12:00

Visit to Texas Medical Innovation (TMC)

TMC is an innovation center in the world’s largest medical center. They are dedicated to accelerating startups that are solving the real-world needs of their 21 member hospitals and have the potential to make a global impact in health care.

Their own TMC X+ program provides dedicated office space and co-working space for health care and life science companies. These companies work in the heart of the Texas Medical Center, next door to the TMCx accelerator program and Johnson & Johnson’s JLABS @ TMC. TMCx+ gives companies access to the resources of the TMC Innovation Institute, including events, curriculum and the advisor network.

Bus departs Hyatt at 0830

Texas Medical Center
6550 Bertner Avenue, Executive Offices | Houston, TX 77030

08:00 - 17:00

NORTEX Data Science Cluster – Offshore Data Analytics

Global Center of Expertise NODE in cooperation with the International Research Institute of Stavanger has the pleasure of inviting you to the NorTex OTC 2017 Digitalization Workshop. The workshop is a continuation of discussions launched during OTC 2016 in Houston with focus on digitalization and effective interoperability.

Three focus areas will be highlighted and discussed. The goal is to share information about current projects across borders and entities as well as strengthening partnerships and collaboration. We look forward to welcoming you.


08:00 – 08:30

Registration and Breakfast

08:30 – 09:00

Welcome and Opening Remarks

Jan Odegard, Executive Director, Ken Kennedy Institute for Information Technology, Rice University
Anne Grete Ellingsen, CEO, GCE NODE
Arnt Aske, Business Development Digitalization, GCE NODE


09:00 – 11:15 

Session 1: Collaboration on Common Standards

09:00 – 09:30

OPC UA – The Future of Iinteroperability
Espen Krogh, CEO, Prediktor Medical

9:30 – 10:00

Enabling Drilling Automation Through Interoperability
Tom Burke, President and Executive Director, OPC Foundation

10:00 – 10:45


10:45 – 11:15

Presentation of Results, Plenary Discussion and Summary


11:15 – 12:00



12:00 – 14:15 

Session 2: Securing Reliable and Secure Data

12:00 – 12:30

Cybersecurity in the Digital Transformation
Siv Hilde Houmb, Founder/CTO, SecureNOK

12:30 – 13:00

Metadata Requirements for Drilling Data
Pradeep Ashok, Research Scientist, Drilling Automation Group, UT at Austin

13:00 – 13:45

Workgroups with Working Lunch

13:45 – 14:15

Presentation of Results, Plenary Discussion and Summary


14:15 – 14:45

Coffee Break


14:45 – 17:00

Session 3: Transforming Data to Advisory

14:45 – 15:15

Emerging Advanced Analytics and Digital Strategies
Satyam Priyadarshy, Chief Data Scientist, Halliburton

15:15 – 15:45

Transforming Information to Advice
Afif Halal, General Manager Wells Software, Shell Global Solutions US Inc.

15:45 – 16:30


16:30 – 17:00

Presentation of Results, Plenary Discussion and Summary



Closing Remarks
Arnt Aske

Register here

Rice University, BioScience Research Collaborative Bldg, Event/Exhibition Hall
6500 Main Street Houston, TX

17:30 - 19:00

NORTEX Data Science Cluster - Networking event

All participants of the NORTEX Data Science Cluster workshop are invited to The Ginger Man for informal networking after the workshop. The Ginger Man, located close to Rice University, carries approximately 60 different beers. Food and drinks will be served. We look forward to welcoming you!

The Ginger Man
5607 Morningside Dr, Houston, TX 77005, USA

17:30 - 23:00

Norwegian Evening Dinner (NACC)

NACC’s OTC event takes place at the River Oaks Country Club, where you also can bring your international business partners.

Please note, registration and non-refundable payment ($200.00) is done via Greater Stavanger.

Bus departs Hyatt at 17.30 and returns at 23.00.

Dress code: dark suits

River Oaks Country Club
1600 River Oaks Blvd, Houston, TX 77019, United States


Located next-door to The Galleria, Hyatt Regency Houston Galleria is steps from the city’s most fashionable shopping and dining, and entertainment. The new, 14-story Houston hotel near The Galleria is designed for business and leisure travelers with modern lifestyle conveniences that help you stay relaxed and connected. 

The rate is USD 399 + tax (currently 17%) per night per room during the mandatory nights, from April 30 - May 4. 
All other dates have a special rate of USD 192 + tax (17%)

HRG can also assist delegates with other hotel suggestions should this be required.