The 2022 Offshore Technology Conference
The 2022 Offshore Technology Conference (OTC) is the premier event for advancing scientific and technical knowledge in the offshore energy sector. The conference and exhibition will take place May 2–5 at the NRG Park in Houston, TX.
The technical program features a wide variety of sessions, covering topics from offshore wind and renewables to subsea drilling and robotic systems. AIChE’s program subcommittee has contributed exciting content to this year’s event, including a session in the keynote speaker series, two panel discussions, and several technical sessions spread across all four days of the conference. Session topics highlight important areas and opportunities where chemical engineers can contribute to the advancement of offshore technology and oil production.
AIChE’s programming starts on Monday morning with a session on offshore innovative design in subsea processing, topside design, and floating liquefied natural gas (LNG). The afternoon program includes a panel on the bridge to offshore renewables and alternative markets.
Tuesday features a full day of programming from AIChE, including a session in the keynote speaker series, two technical sessions, and a panel. Topics covered include enhanced oil recovery (EOR), carbon capture utilization and storage (CCUS), and offshore energy transition technologies. In the keynote speaker series, Tim Duncan, President and CEO of Talos Energy, will discuss how energy companies can fit CCUS into their operations, providing examples of Talos’ successful projects.
On the third day of the conference, AIChE will host two sessions: one on the opportunities and challenges in hydrogen as a route toward decarbonization and another on the characterization and analysis techniques for carbon reservoirs.
AIChE’s programming will wrap-up on Thursday with three sessions focusing on digital transformation in production operations and flow assurance, novel ways to improve reservoir performance, and advances in fluid technologies for offshore drilling.
In addition to these engaging discussions from AIChE’s program subcommittee, the 2022 OTC will feature technical sessions sponsored by all 13 of OTC’s sponsoring organizations, a robust exhibition featuring the new Energy Transition Pavilion, a free Energy4me Teacher STEM workshop, poster sessions, and networking events. Industry leaders will be honored at the Spotlight on New Technology Awards ceremony, as well as the OTC Distinguished Achievement Awards reception.
AIChE members are eligible for reduced rates on OTC registration and proceedings. Register online before May 2nd for special early-bird rates. Be sure to indicate your AIChE affiliation on your registration form.
We would love to meet you during your visit to OTC 2022. Please stop by AIChE Booth #S4, located in Sponsors’ Row outside of the Exhibit Hall. To view the full program and events, check out the OTC website at 2022.otcnet.org.
The Offshore Technology Conference (OTC) is an annual event where energy professionals meet to advance their scientific and technical knowledge related to offshore resources in the fields of drilling, exploration, production, and environmental protection.
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John Deere Power Systems
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