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Please note, that the program is subject to possible changes and additions.

Saturday, May 04

Excursion day

09:00 - 16:00
Houston Museum of Natural Science

Start off the OTC with an exciting excursion day.

Visit to Houston Museum of Natural Science where we get a special guided tour.

Visit the world's most sophisticated and comprehensive energy exhibit! Wiess Energy Hall Online explores the application of scientific concepts and advanced technology in the oil and gas industry. Explore all the processes of energy development, from how oil and natural gas are formed to the ways in which various types of energy are used.

After the tour, we go up to Rice village and enjoy lunch at The Gingerman.

Get Together by the pool

20:00 - 22:00
Westin Galleria Houston
Smart Casual

The delegation gets together for a enjoyable start of the OTC.

Get together with the other delegates, get new friends and contacts under the Houston sky.

This event is sponsored by:

Sunday, May 05

Kick off

09:00 - 10:00
Westin Galleria Houston
Smart Casual

Kick of your OTC experience with the delegation.

Updated information and briefing about the OTC conference for the delegates. You will also be able to collect your OTC Badge at the meeting.

Norway2OTC Boatcruise

11:00 - 16:00
Kemah Boardwalk
Smart Casual

Boatcruise – networking and lunch for delegation and invited guests, presented by DNB.

The yacht will take you on a pleasant trip in the Galveston Bay area. There will be a barbecue lunch and time for networking. Onboard you will meet representatives from DNB, and the companies in the Norwegian delegation, as well as Norwegian business representatives living in Houston.

This event is sponsored by:

Norwegian Seamen’s Church in Houston

11:00 - 13:00
The Norwegian Seamen’s Church
Smart Casual

Bring your cowboy hat, boots and Norwegian good nature to enjoy a Texas Barbeque (BBQ). 

 The Church Choir will sing at the Service, followed by Texas style foods and music.  

All are welcomed to come & enjoy this day!



NASA and Kemah Boardwalk

11:00 - 15:00
Kemah Boardwalk
Smart Casual

Tour at the NASA Space Center followed by lunch in relaxing Kemah Boardwalk.

Tour at NASA Space Center

Established as the Manned Spacecraft Center (MSC) in 1961, the Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center (JSC) named in honor of the late President, is responsible for the design, development, and operation of human space flight. For more than four decades, JSC has been the world leader in human space flight operations for NASA.

The MSC opened in 1963 with Gemini IV as the first flight controlled here and became a hub of activity as the Gemini program ended and the Apollo program gained momentum. The Apollo program obtained the national goal, set by President Kennedy in 1961 of landing men on the Moon and returning them safely within the decade of the 1960's.

Kemah Boardwalk

The Boardwalk is built entirely along the shores of Galveston Bay and Clear Lake, and is considered among the premier boardwalks in the United States. The complex is owned and operated by Landry’s, Inc., and is home to more than 10 restaurants, a collection of rides, midway games, attractions, a boutique hotel, a charter yacht, a 400-slip marina and multiple shops


Agder Business Networking Reception

16:00 - 19:00
The Wynden
Business attire



By invitation only

This event is organized by:

Monday, May 06

Norwegian Delegation Breakfast Seminar

08:00 - 09:30
Westin Galleria Houston
Business attire

OTC is an important global meeting place for the energy sector, and our intention is to give the delegates an updated insight of the energy market. The breakfast seminar gives you important updated info to set the week off.

Breakfast is served from 07:30!

Program TBC

Speakers as of December 2018

Professor Steven Kleinberg, Kinder Institute
Stephen Klineberg has been shaping local thought on the ongoing changes in the Houston metropolitan region for almost 40 years. Through his work on the “Kinder Houston Area Survey,” now in its 38th year, he has tracked the economic outlooks, demographic patterns, experiences and beliefs of local residents. 
Founding Director, Kinder Institute for Urban Research
Professor Emeritus of Sociology, Rice University

Kenneth Medlock, Baker Institute, Rice University
Senior Director, Center for Energy Studies 
Director of the Masters of Energy Economics program, holds adjunct professor appointments in the Department of Economics and the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, and is the chair of the faculty advisory board at the Energy and Environment Initiative at Rice University.

Dr. Svetlana Ikonnikova, Bureau of Economic Geology, University of Texas at Austin
Research Scientist and Senior Energy Economist in the Bureau of Economic Geology at The University of Texas at Austin with experience in energy markets and policy analysis, environmental regulation, and industrial and technological change studies.

Marianne Kah, Independent Director 
Adjunct Senior Research Scholar and Advisory Board member at the Center on Global Energy Policy. She had been the Chief Economist of ConocoPhillips at its Houston headquarters for 25 years where she was responsible for developing the company’s market outlooks for oil 

Market update: Opportunities for Norwegian Industry in Gulf of Mexico
Jan Eckhoff,  NORWEP Country Manager USA
Sven Feldhaus, NORWEP Country Manager Mexico


This event is organized by:

The Norwegian Continental Shelf: Smarter, Cleaner, and Better Connected

12:15 - 13:45
OTC Exhibition, NRG
Business attire

ONS is a non-profit foundation and meeting place established by Stavanger City Council, Statoil (now Equinor), Stavanger Forum and the Norwegian Petroleum Society in 1974.

Under the main theme of 'Innovate," the ONS 2018 conference saw over 68,000 visitors from 98 countries and 1124 exhibitors representing 37 countries, including 28 E&P companies and featured a record number of speakers covering a wide range of topics ranging from geopolitics to current technology trends such as digitalization, big data, and cyber-security. This luncheon will summarize observations for the 2018 ONS confirming the increased optimism across the industry. It will also provide an update on the current state of the Norwegian Continental Shelf, which remains an attractive place to do business for oil and gas operators and service providers alike.

Luncheon, separate cost of $60

This event is organized by:

OTC - Norwegian Country Session

14:00 - 17:00
OTC Exhibition, NRG Center
Business attire

Come hear about the latest advances in subsea technology in two very intriguing panel sessions.

Session one will reveal advances in long-distance tie-backs, flow assurance, as well as cost controls for installation services. Session two, starting at 1530 hours, addresses increased oil recovery with subsea production systems. Some of the world’s most ingenious innovators will be sharing their secrets and formulas for success.  View the more detailed descriptions for the entire program in the attached file

  • Morten Paulsen, Consular General, Norwegian Consulate General in Houston
  • Kjell-Børge Freiberg, Minister, Norwegian Ministry of Petroleum and Energy
  • Arild Selvig, Vice President Subsea Commercial and Head of Business Development for Norway & Russia, TechnipFMC
  • Øyvind Mikaelsen, CEO, DeepOcean
  • Sigbjørn Daasvatn, Technology Manager – Subsea Processing, Subsea 7
  • Torbjørn Hegdal, Business Development Manager, NOV Seabox
  • Thor Løvoll, CEO, New Subsea Technology
  • Snorre Grande, Project Director - Åsgard Subsea Compression phase II TPD PRD Tie-back & Brownfield, Equinor
  • John Macleod, Chief Technology Officer, Aker Solutions
  • Mads Hjelmeland, Vice President, One Subsea
  • Dag Aldal, President, ClampOn
  • Håkon Skretting, Director Norwegian Energy Partners
This event is organized by:

Consul General Morten Paulsen reception

18:30 - 20:00
Residence of the Norwegian General Consul
Business attire

The event takes place at Consul General Morten Paulsen’s residence.      

Subsea Valley annual OTC dinner

20:00 - 23:00
Chama Gaucha Brazilian Steakhouse
Business attire

hosted by Willis Towers Watson

This event is sponsored by:
This event is organized by:

SR-Banks annual OTC dinner

20:30 - 23:00
Fogo de Chão restaurant, Houston
Business attire

SR-Banks annual OTC dinner takes place at the Fogo de Chão restaurant, a Brazilian Steakhouse. 

This event is organized by:

Tuesday, May 07

Technology Breakfast

08:30 - 10:00
Westin Galleria Houston
Business attire

This event is organized by:

Public Sector Seminar

08:30 - 10:00
Westin Galleria Houston
Business attire

This event is organized by:

NOV Shrimp Boil under OTC

11:00 - 15:00
Tuboscope facility
Business attire

Network with colleagues and conference-goers, learn more about new products and technologies from across our businesses, and enjoy shrimp, beverages, and a variety of food-truck fare with us.


Please note! By own transport only.


NACC Business Lunch

11:30 - 13:30
The Houstonian
Business attire

The traditional NACC Business lunch takes place at the Houstonian hotel.

Please note, registration and non-refundable payment (appr $ 60) is done via Norway2OTC.

Wednesday, May 08

Company visit to TGS

10:00 - 13:00
Business attire

TGS is the leading subsurface data company with the best people, quality and service. 

TGS employs approximately 600 employees and has its corporate headquarters in Asker, Norway and its operational headquarters in Houston, Texas, U.S.A. The company’s other main offices are in Calgary, London and Perth, with employees located in other cities around the globe. TGS’ primary business is to provide geoscience data to energy companies worldwide. TGS offers extensive global libraries that include seismic data, magnetic and gravity data, multibeam and coring data, digital well logs and production data. Additionally, the company offers advanced processing and imaging services, interpretation products and data integration solutions.

Norwegian Evening Dinner (NACC)

18:30 - 23:00
River Oaks Country Club
Business attire


NACC’s OTC event takes place at the River Oaks Country Club, where you also can bring your international business partners.

Please note, registration and non-refundable payment ($ 225 before April 30, and $ 250 after) is done via Norway2OTC.


We are back!

After 3 years away from the historic center of the delegation, The Westin Galleria Houston, we are back! The hotel offers a direct connection to The Galleria, Houston's iconic shopping and entertainment area. All events organized by Norway2OTC take place at this hotel.

We are currently sold out

However, we are able to offer you the same deal at the Westin Oaks, which is also located at the Galleria - only at the other side of the mall.


The rate* for the OTC nights May 5 - 8 is $299.00, and the rate* for all other nights is $ 179.00.

*Kindly note all rates are exclusive of Breakfast and applicable state & local taxes, currently 17%.

The hotel has no minimum nights requirement for Norway2OTC delegates!


KLM has discounts available for all delegates of Norway2OTC, which will apply from Kristiansand, Oslo, Stavanger and Bergen. Please contact HRG (+47 23 35 36 08 or anita.nyhus@hrgworldwide.com ) or your local travel agency for these rates: R, U 146882 For any questions regarding the discount, please contact Eva Robson at KLM (+47 994 28 460 or eva.robson@klm.com).

What will it cost?

So what will it cost you? Well, it large depends on how many days you are staying, and how you choose to fly in. In addition there is the delegation fee of NOK 5.900. If you register before February 1st, you will get the early bird offer and save NOK 1.000 on the delegation fee. Please note, that prices are subject to changes due to exchange rates.