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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.

14.30 Registration and small talk

15.00 Welcome by Peter Stewert, CEO, Cyviz

15.10 Greetings by Morten Paulsen, Consul General, The Royal Norwegian Consulate General

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

15.35 B2B  - it's all up to me!

17.00 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
09:00 - 10:00

Information meeting

Updated information and briefing about the OTC conference for the delegates. You will also be able to collect your OTC Badge at the meeting.

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

10:15 - 14:30

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.


10:30 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

Bus departs Hyatt after the information meeting at 10.15.

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

12:00 - 15:00

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 10.30 and returns 15.00

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!

Transition – An oil and gas sector in change

08:00 Welcome by moderator Anne Ekern, Special advisor at the Norwegian Consul General in Houston  

08:05 Houston update - a snapshot by the Norwegian Consul General in Houston Morten Paulsen 

08:20 A change from supply to demand driven – the big global drivers by Alejandro Vanags, Partner & Senior Associate at PWC

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

08:50 Change in energy policy – USA by Charles D. McConnell, Executive Director at Rice University

  • 100 days with President Trump – what has changed?

09:15 "An industry in change" - Effect of ongoing M&A – both among the oil companies and service companies by Tore Guldbrandsøy, Senior Vice President at Rystad Energy 

  • Global investment trends   
  • M&A, alliances and cooperation between E&P’s and oil services – will oil services ever regain their negotiation power?
  • How attractive is the NCS in a global perspective?
  • Are majors and utilities leaving the NCS and does it matter
  • Who will drive the development of the NCS going forward?

09:35 How will technology change the O&G by George A. Murphy at GE Oil & Gas Digital and Fay M Shong at EY Digital Oil & Gas Champion

  • Digitalization – how may it have a lasting impact on the industry?
  • Profit levels – Forever lower and more in line with other industries?

10:00 Closing remarks 

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. 


Kinder Institute’s Area Survey
Stephen Klineberg, Professor of Sociology, Kinder Institute of Urban Research, Rice University 

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)

Read more on Prof Klineberg.

The Austin Technology Incubator
Mitch Jacobson, ATI Clean Energy Portfolio 

Austin is the number 1 U.S city for startup activities.  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/).

Mitch Jacobson is a lead advisor to all ATI Clean Energy companies since 2009. Jacobsen will present how they work, their roles, experiences and challenges in their work with the city on innovation and entrepreneurship.

Read more on Mr. Jacobsen. 

Houston Technology center
Deborah Mansfield // Director, Life Sciences Acceleration, Houston Technology center

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.

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?

Deborah Mansfield will present how they work, their roles, experiences and challenges in their work with the city on innovation and entrepreneurship.

Read more on Ms. Mansfield.

Breakfast served from 08:00

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

08:30 - 10:00

GCE Subsea/Subsea Valley - Technology Breakfast

Breakfast served from 08:00

Focus on crossover between subsea and other industries

The Important and Valuable Relationship Between Space and Deepwater Exploration & Production
Mark Gittleman, Executive Vice President, Intuitive Machines

Space and deepwater oil & gas exploration & production have more in common than most people realize. This presentation will provide a short survey of some of the ties and relationships between the people, the technologies, and the challenges of the two industries, and a look at how this important relationship continues to work in both directions today.

The Technology Collaboration Center of Houston (TCC)
Bob Prochnow, Executive Director, Technology Collaboration Center of Houston

The TCC concept arose after a series of high level meetings, focusing on how the community can more fully utilize the technological capabilities in the greater Houston region.  A shared interest among our communities is in the development of more efficient interdisciplinary approaches to real world problems, with the goal of bringing those solutions into practice and to the market. And, while the initial focus on planning for the collaboration center was on building more partnerships within the Space, Medicine and Energy communities in the Houston area, the mission of the TCC was expanded to provide support for any technology and industry, involving organizations from any location.

Robonaut 2: Technology for Earth and Space
Dr. Julia Badger, Project Manager Robonaut Project, NASA Johnson Space Center

Robonaut 2 is a humanoid dexterous robotic system that was developed through a partnership between NASA, General Motors, and Oceaneering. This machine pushed the state-of-the-art in robotics technology for space exploration as well as for Earth-bound industrial applications. This talk will focus on the technology advances, spin-offs, and cross-cutting developments that the Robonaut has enabled.

Topic TBA
Charles D. McConnell, Executive Director of Rice University's Energy and Environment Initiative

Mark Gittleman is currently Executive Vice President for Intuitive Machines. Intuitive Machines is a product development think tank specializing in developing autonomous intelligent systems. IM focuses on applying NASA and university-derived technologies, tools, and techniques to challenges in the oil &gas and space industries, particularly in the areas of physics-based modeling, simulation, and trainers; guidance, navigation, & control systems; software development; cyber security; fixed-wing, long duration drone systems; and data analytics. As EVP, Mr. Gittleman is responsible, among other things, for IM’s commercial and business operations and assisting the CEO in developing IM’s strategic direction.

Charles D. McConnell is Executive Director of Rice University's Energy and Environment Initiative, a university-wide integration of science, engineering, economic analysis, policy and social sciences to address the diverse issues and challenges associated with energy security, affordability and environmental sustainability. The effort is designed to partner with industry and external stakeholders and position Rice as an impartial broker that combines technology and policy to create a sustainable energy platform for excellence in resource utilization and environmental stewardship.

Dr. Julia Badger is the Project Manager for the Robonaut Project at NASA-Johnson Space Center in Houston, TX. She is responsible for the research and development of humanoid robotic capabilities, both on the Earth and on the International Space Station, that include dexterous manipulation, robotic autonomy, and human-robot interfaces. She has previously worked at developing autonomous control and planning algorithms for the various robotics projects in her group, including the Space Exploration Vehicle and Robonaut 2. Julia has a BS from Purdue University, and an MS and PhD from the California Institute of Technology, all in Mechanical Engineering.

Bob Prochnow serves as the Executive Director of the Technology Collaboration Center of Houston, a non-profit formed as a partnership between industry, universities, area non-profits and the NASA Johnson Space Center. The primary mission of the TCC is to encourage new joint technology development partnerships between industry, academic and federal research organizations.

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

11:30 - 13:30

NACC Business Lunch

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


Eric Sirgo, General Manager, Major Capital Projects Chevron Deepwater Exploration and Projects Business Unit.

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

Dress code: business attire

Own transportation.

The Houstonian Hotel, Club & Spa
111 North Post Oak Lane, Houston, TX 77024

11:00 - 15:00

NOV Shrimp Boil

Please note: Own transport

NOV invites our delegation to their annual OTC Shrimp Boil.

Offsite Parking

Parking at Holmes Rd is very limited, so please either take the shuttle service from NRG Center or park at Butler Stadium.

Joe K. Butler Sports Complex 13755 S Main St, Houston, TX 77035

Shuttle service from NRG Center:

Shuttles to/from Holmes Road are available on the west side of NRG Center and begin running at 10:30am. Shuttle service from Butler Stadium: Shuttles to/from Holmes Rd are available on the east side of Butler Stadium and begin running at 10:30am.

2835 Holmes Road, Houston

18:00 - 21:30

WECP reception

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

Bus departs Hyatt Regency at 17:30 and returns at 21:00

Hotel Zaza
5701 Main Street Houston, Texas 77005

May 3
09:00 - 10:30

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 08:30 and returns at 10.30.

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

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

08:00 - 17:00

NORTEX Data Science Cluster – Offshore Data Analytics

Please note: Own transport

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.