The big names in Scotland’s oil and gas business are in the US city of Houston this week for the world’s top industry show.
More than 300 people are on the annual trip organised by Munro’s Travel Group, of Aberdeen, and the Press and Journal.
The Offshore Technology Conference (OTC) kicks off today and runs until Thursday. Each year, OTC attracts more than 70,000 delegates and 2,000 exhibiting companies representing more than 110 countries.
The Scottish contingent includes numerous oil service companies from Scotland and a wide variety of support firms including banks, law firms and accountants.
The Munro’s/P&J group is based at the Hilton Houston Post Oak. Munro’s senior partner Jack Burnett, who has been attending the show for decades, said it was good to see the usual large contingent from Scotland.
“This is an important event for the Scottish oil and gas business, who have the opportunity to show off their goods and services to a worldwide audience and also find out about latest developments in the industry,” he added.
Many Scottish companies exhibiting at OTC are in the Scottish pavilion, organised by Scottish Development International, the international arm of Scottish Enterprise.
David Rennie, director of oil and gas, thermal generation and carbon capture and storage at Scottish Enterprise, said the pavilion puts leading Scottish firms under the same roof as several Scottish universities and public-sector organisations in order to demonstrate the breadth and depth of Scotland’s contributions to advancing the world’s offshore oil and gas industry.
He added: “Scotland continues to be an ideal destination for offshore technology companies around the globe seeking to grow their businesses in an environment rich with human and natural resources.
“As the world’s energy supply evolves to incorporate new and transformative energy sources, Scotland’s dynamism, drive, vision and innovation to make oil and gas exploration and drilling smarter and safer are on full display at OTC 2012.”