There is a real feeling of optimism at OTC this year; reflecting the extremely robust outlook for the global oilfield service market.
The Herold report appeared during the dark days of the late 1990s when, of course, the jobs axe was being swung with some vigour on both sides of the North Atlantic.
The goal is to have the first full-suite subsea factory operational by 2020, subject to the usual caveats. But as far as Statoil is concerned, actual delivery is a case of when, not if.
If anyone doubted there was a renewed sense of optimism in the industry, they need only spend a few hours here.
Scotland’s energy minister dropped in on the Scottish Pavilion here at OTC today, clearly in ebullient form and rightly so.
Nick Dalgarno is a managing director at specialist corporate-finance adviser Simmons & Co International
Being invited to take part and present at this year’s Offshore Technology Conference (OTC) in Houston is a real honour and a recognition of the dynamic oil and gas sector in Scotland.
It's that time of the year again when the 2013 Offshore Technology Conference in Houston, Texas beckons oil service companies from around the world.
It was the longest car journey of my life.
The Government's latest attempt at a strategy for oil and gas was published in March but its impact was somewhat diluted by the announcement on the same day of yet another change of energy minister.
Unplanned gas or condensate leaks are precursors to potentially major incidents, fire and explosion.
Last month, one of the biggest stories for the UK North Sea was botched.
Everyone seems to be talking about Mozambique. This former Portuguese colony in the East of Africa is the focus of a topical luncheon at the Offshore Technology Conference in Houston this month and is the destination for a forthcoming trade mission for Aberdeen's Africa Business Centre.
As I write the oil price has fallen 10 dollars in a week. This renewed volatility is a reminder of the sensitivity of our industry to geopolitical and economic issues beyond our control.
Building a safer, more competent workforce, from the North Sea to West Africa, Iraq to Malaysia and everywhere in between, is the moral duty of all of us who work in the oil and gas industry.
A robust programme of occupational health and safety at work enables employees to do their jobs without impediment. When healthy working conditions are achieved, ill-effects can be prevented, and a business is able to operate more efficiently.
As pious hopes go, suggesting that the North Sea should not be used as a political football in the current Scottish constitutional debate must rate pretty high.
The region that lies north of the Arctic Circle accounts for only about 6% of the Earth's surface area but could account for as much as 20% of the world's undiscovered recoverable oil and natural gas resources.
What a curious document it is, the Commons energy and climate change committee’s report titled The Impact of Shale Gas on Energy Markets.
There is no doubt the north-east energy sector is operating on an increasingly global basis.
The Maritime Labour Convention (MLC) is to become UK law on August 20 and will have a significant impact on worldwide shipping and its workforce.
Britain has an energy crisis; make no mistake.
The UK sector currently has nine E&A wells active or in the throes of operational completion ahead of imminent rig moves. The number of wells spudded so far this year is seven (five exploration and two appraisal), with two wells (one each E&A) sidetracked. Six semi-submersibles and three jack-ups are active.
Budgets come and go with monotonous regularity, and in recent years companies with UK oil and gas exploration and production activities have experienced frequent, unexpected and unwarranted tax increases.
It's great being proven right. I've long argued that who owns the companies that make up the energy, or indeed any other, sector is important because if you don't own it then you simply don't control it. The free market ideologues argue that it doesn't matter who owns what provided the jobs are anchored here and it's that attitude which has prevailed in the UK for the last 40 years or so.