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

Saturday, May 04

Excursion day

11:00 - 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 - 09:45
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!


08:00 - Welcome and moderated by Anne Ekern, ONS Foundation

Opening remarks
State Secretary Liv Lønnum, Norwegian Ministry of Petroleum and Energy

08:10 - “Prophetic City: Houston on the Cusp of a Changing America"
Professor Steven Klineberg, Kinder Institute

08:30 - "The Evolving US Role in Global Energy"
Kenneth Medlock, Baker Institute, Rice University

08:50 - "The latest on Shale developments"
Dr. Svetlana Ikonnikova, Bureau of Economic Geology, University of Texas at Austin

09:10 - "Changes in the US energy Market – as driven by Market forces”
Marianne Kah, Advisory Board Member and Adjunct Senior Research Scholar
Columbia University Center on Global Energy Policy 

09:30 - Market update: Opportunities for Norwegian Industry in Gulf of Mexico
Jan Eckhoff,  NORWEP Country Manager USA
Sven Feldhaus, NORWEP Country Manager Mexico

The Breakfast is hosted by Greater Stavanger in collaboration with ONS Foundation.

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.

This event is organized by:

Equinor brief

10:00 - 11:30
Westin Galleria
Business attire

The traditional visit to Equinor has been reshaped. Equinor now comes to Westin Galleria, giving the whole delegation the opportunity to participate.

Equinor will give a brief on their operation in North America:

  • US land
  • Offshore GOM
  • Offshore Canada
  • renewables

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.

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 covered 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.

To register, please follow the link: http://2019.otcnet.org/seminar 

Leif Johan Sevland,


Bente Nyland, Director General, Norwegian Petroleum Directorate

Anders Opedal, EVP, Technology, Projects and Drilling, Equinor

Hege Kverneland, Vice President and Chief Technology Officer National, Oilwell Varco


Norwegian Petroleum Directorate Equinor National Oilwell Varco (NOV)

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.      

Energy Valley annual OTC dinner

20:00 - 22:30
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 - 22:30
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

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

Registration and breakfast 08:00 – 08:30


  • Opening Remarks
  • Keynote: John Macleod, CTO, Aker Solutions
  • “Eelume ready for subsea operations”, Arne Kjørsvik, CEO, Eelume
  • Norwegian OTC 2019 Spotlight on Technology Award winners
    • Xsens Flow, Magne K Husebø, CEO
    • FutureOn, Olav Sylthe, CTO
  • Pitches from 2 start-up companies
    • Heavelock, Dmitri Gorski
    • RagnaRock, Marit Bjerkreim
This event is organized by:

Biometric identification at airports

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

This years edition of the Public Sector Seminar addresses modern identification technologies, specifically as being introduced at airports. The seminar is open to all delegates.


Mr. Judson Murdock, Area Director, Custom and Border Protection, Department of Homeland Security 
Ms. Tanya Acevedo, Chief Innovation & Technology Officer, Houston Airports

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.

Speaker:  David J O’Connor, Head of Global Projects, Upstream, BP
Topic:  “BP’s Global Project Portfolio and Activities”

David currently serves as BP’s Head of Global Projects, accountable for the delivery of all Upstream projects across the world. He manages an annual budget of around $10 billion gross that covers onshore, offshore and deepwater projects.
Prior to this role, David was the Vice President of Deepwater projects and over his extensive career spanning over 36 years in industry, he has worked around the world in technical and managerial roles in Houston, Alaska, Algeria, North Sea, and Egypt. David has previously served as President and General Manager for BP’s business in Sharjah, UAE.
David graduated from Heriot Watt University, Edinburgh, Scotland with a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering and master’s degree in petroleum engineering and joined Amoco in 1983. David is married with two children and resides in Houston.

Please note, registration and non-refundable payment ($ 80) is done via Norway2OTC.

Equinor's OTC Reception

17:30 - 22:00
The Post Oak Hotel at Uptown Houston, Ballroom entrance
Business attire

Equinor invites the delegation to their Offshore Technology Conference evening reception.

17:30 - 18:30 pm - Registration and arrivals welcome

18:30 pm - Welcome program begins

Networking reception to follow, ending at 10:00 pm

This event is organized by:

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 - 22:30
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) 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.