OTC 2017: Distinguished Achievement Award winners announced

This year’s Distinguished Achievement Award recipients are John Bomba, the LLOG Exploration – Delta House project, Mike Conner, and Art Schroeder.

Offshore staff

HOUSTON– This year’s Distinguished Achievement Award recipients are John Bomba, the LLOG Exploration – Delta House project, Mike Conner, and Art Schroeder.                         

John Bomba will be honored with the Distinguished Achievement Award for Individuals for his far-reaching contributions to the offshore market. He recently retired from Genesis Oil and Gas, after working for more than 60 years in the fields of survey, design, installation, construction, and construction management of offshore and onshore pipelines and related facilities worldwide.

Bomba has been a licensed professional engineer in Texas for more than 50 years. He has served on the OTC Program Committee and the Arctic Technology Conference oversight committee. He holds a US patent, and published more than 30 technical papers. He has pipelined (onshore and offshore) every continent except on Antarctica.

LLOG Exploration Offshore, LLC will be presented the OTC Distinguished Achievement Award in recognition of its outstanding work on the Delta House project. Delta House is a floating production system in the deepwater Gulf of Mexico engineered, built, and operated by LLOG.

The facility came online in April 2015 and has produced more than 50 MMboe. The cost, time from discovery to first production, safety performance, reliability, and regulatory compliance is at an industry-leading level. The breakeven price for Delta House from inception was about $27/bbl and is less than $20/bbl going forward.

The Heritage Award will be presented to George (Mike) Conner for championing the safe development of new technologies, specifically in the Gulf of Mexico. Conner has spent his career in the petroleum and mining industries, and served in the US military prior to that. He is currently a technical adviser to the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE).

He has sponsored and actively participated in several joint industry projects, BSEE sponsored research projects, and other industry forums to promote the development of new technologies. He has also worked to identify potential hazards for each technology, develop mitigations for each hazard, and determine conditions of approval to allow the technology to be installed and operated.

The OTC will recognize Art Schroeder with a Special Citation. Schroeder has a career spanning 40 years in the offshore oil and gas industry. His contributions focus on crisis and risk management, R&D, and operational project management. He served on the OTC board of directors from 2006-2013 and was a program committee member from 1989-2013.

Schroeder created The Next Wave, an OTC program for young professionals, and helped to produce the inaugural d5: The Next Big Thing, an OTC event designed to inspire leaders and innovators to drive exponential growth in the offshore energy sector.

Schroeder also played a key role in starting Research Partnership to Secure Energy for America (RPSEA), which enables the development of new technologies to produce more secure, abundant and affordable domestic energy.

The Distinguished Achievement Awards Luncheon will be held on Tuesday, May 2, at NRG Center. The beneficiary of the luncheon is Oilfield Helping Hands. The nonprofit organization is devoted to providing financial assistance to oilfield workers in financial crisis.

It started in 2003 when several Halliburton Baroid employees organized a sporting clay tournament to benefit an employee whose family savings had been depleted by several serious, expensive medical treatments. The event was so successful that the group decided to continue their efforts and began recruiting operator and oilfield service companies to join them. Today, Oilfield Helping Hands Houston holds five annual fundraising events and has expanded with multiple chapters across the country.

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