This is my first year attending the Offshore Technology Conference, that oil and gas annual event that turns Houston’s Reliant Park area into a chaotic zoo and brings out more blindingly shiny display items than a diamond show.
I’ve been to many conferences for oil and gas before, but OTC is the one of the few that strikes awe and fear into a journalist’s heart. So many sessions! So many speakers! How on earth can I be expected to make a decision about what to attend?
One of my decisions on the third day was to attend a luncheon featuring Jeff Immelt, chairman of the board and CEO of GE. Coincidentally, it was Immelt’s first time at OTC as well, and he explained the company’s investments in the oil and gas industry, and emphasized the role he believes natural gas can play in the future of the risk-adverse production industry.