Two breakfasts and two topical luncheons have been added to the program at the Offshore Technology Conference (OTC), May 2-5, at Reliant Center in Houston, Texas. These new sessions will address the developing regions of Libya and Russia, the way in which US companies compete in the global marketplace, and professional ethics requirements.
Twelve topical luncheons, scheduled for Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday, include presentations and discussions about current and future offshore developments, industry challenges, best practices, new concepts, case studies, and future opportunities.
Monday morning's breakfast will focus on professional ethics. Patricia D. Galloway, CEO of The Nielsen-Wurster Group Inc., will present this breakfast session, which satisfies the ethics requirement for the Professional Engineer's license. Galloway will present her views on what ethics is all about and how ethical behavior manifests itself in everyday life. Galloway also will address professional ethics questions facing engineers today in the international offshore arena including licensure, corruption, and bribery, and sustainability concepts in engineering projects. Certificates will be distributed at the close of the session.
Thursday's breakfast, How to successfully grow business in Russia, will feature keynote speaker Larry D. McVay, COO, TNK-BP, and panelists, James A. Slutz, deputy assistant secretary, oil and natural gas, US Department of Energy; Paul R. White, director, Expatriate Management Center of Excellence, ConocoPhillips; Nikolay Platoshkin, deputy consul general of Russia in Houston; Rick Shannon, president, AmeRussia Shipping Co.
During the next decade, more than $100 billion will be spent developing and producing oil and gas in one of the world's greatest hydrocarbon provinces – Russia. What does it take to be part of this success story? During this breakfast, both US and Russian officials will discuss areas of mutual cooperation and share the latest updates regarding the political, regulatory, and judicial environments. Learn what it takes to be successful in Russia as a heavyweight operator and get the inside track on what it takes to thrive on the service side. Attendees also have the opportunity to meet and network with industry leaders who are "successfully growing their business in Russia."
On Thursday, enjoy lunch while listening to Linda M. Conlin, member, board of directors, Export-Import Bank of the US, make her presentation Export-Import Bank Financing – Helping Make US Companies More Competitive in International Offshore Markets. A Case Study: Export-Import Bank and Sonatrach.
The Export-Import Bank of the US is the official export credit agency of the US. Export-Import Bank financing for US goods and services helps US companies compete in the global marketplace, with the ultimate goal of creating and sustaining US jobs. Director Linda Conlin discusses how the Export-Import Bank offers financing solutions to US exporters of offshore technology and services to help access developing markets and counter foreign competition. Director Conlin will emphasize Export-Import's strong history in this industry and continued support for US companies in markets around the globe. Director Conlin also discusses the bank's strong partnerships with Sonatrach and other foreign buyers, relationships that help to facilitate the purchase of US goods and services.
Another topical lunch on Thursday will feature Ambassador Ali Suleiman Aujali, Chief of the Libyan Liaison Office, Washington, DC. The Ambassador will provide an overview of the development of the bilateral relationship between the US and Libya. This relationship has been developed since Libya opened its borders in 2003. He will discuss past and future factors influencing the political, economical and educational fields.