HOUSTON, May 5 /PRNewswire/ -- The Scottish government and
representatives from 40+ Scottish oil and gas companies will be out in
force at the Offshore Technology Conference (OTC) in Houston, Texas, from
May 5-8, highlighting the Scottish technology and expertise that is
attracting companies from all over the globe interested in gaining
experience in the maturing fields of the North Sea.
The 2008 OTC "Waves of Change" conference -- the premiere offshore
industry event for professionals, service industries and suppliers on
issues of ocean resource development -- reflects changes in the offshore
industry as project scopes and parameters are stretched to fulfill
ever-increasing demand. In that environment, the push to maximize output
from marginal reserves -- often in challenging, unwelcoming conditions --
is driving technological advances that become features of the global
The Scottish Pavilion at OTC will showcase Scottish companies that are
embracing the challenge presented by the maturing North Sea and the
opportunity to build on a strong base of industry expertise to demonstrate
that the North Sea remains a critical innovation resource in the global oil
and gas industry.
"The skills and technologies being developed in Scotland will help
companies recover marginal reserves and ensure longer life for oilfields in
every part of the world," said Brian Nixon, head of energy at Scottish
Enterprise. "Large international operators such as Chevron, Total and
Shell, bring senior staff from countries including Nigeria, Angola and
Brazil to gain experience in the harsh environments of the North Sea before
redeploying them to senior positions around the world."
"In fact, many operators have now established Aberdeen as their
worldwide centers of excellence for the eastern hemisphere in these aspects
of the business," said Nixon.
The Scottish pavilion will feature key industry leaders in high
pressure and high temperature reservoirs, downhole and drilling
technologies for mature fields, subsea technologies and engineering,
production optimization and asset integrity and decommissioning.
Among the Scottish companies attending OTC are MCS; Lewis;
Rubberatkins; Rotech Subsea & Proserv Group
"Scotland's oil & gas industry has earned its experience, expertise,
knowledge and has developed innovative approaches over the past 30-40 years
in response to ever changing, and ever more challenging, conditions in the
UK Continental Shelf," said Brian Nixon. "Today that experience and
expertise is in demand across the globe as more and more producing
provinces experience the same conditions that are now the norm in the North
For further information or interviews with representatives from the
Scottish Government or Scottish companies attending the show, please
contact Carol Decker 713-461-2289 or Carol.firstname.lastname@example.org.
SOURCE Scottish Enterprise