The 2020 Offshore Technology Conference (OTC) which holds annually in Houston, Texas, has been cancelled over Covid-19 pandemic.
The organisers announced that the next OTC conference will now hold on 3–6 May 2021 as it continues to drive the offshore energy sector forward into the next decade.
The OTC Board of Directors said the decision to cancel this year’s edition was reached after significant consideration amid continued health and travel concerns during this uncertain time, adding that it was the most feasible and responsible thing to do.
“As we navigate these difficult and uncertain times, it is with a heavy heart that the OTC Board of Directors has determined that it is in our best interest to cancel OTC 2020. Our priority is the health and safety of our attendees and exhibitors, Cindy Yeilding, OTC Chairperson, said in an email.
Yeilding continued, “On behalf of the OTC Board of Directors, we would like to thank the staff, authors, partners, volunteers, students, teachers, and all involved with OTC for the dedication and hard work they have contributed to the 2020 event. As we face this uncharted territory, we remain confident of OTC’s critical role in the offshore industry’s future and eagerly anticipate a robust OTC 2021.”
To preserve the significant work of the program committee and authors, the technical papers and presentations will be made available at a later date on OnePetro.org, Yeilding said.
According to Yielding, plans will commence for OTC 2021, with the Call for Papers opening on 28 May 2020.
Since 1969, OTC has played a major role in connecting people from more than 100 countries to encourage collaboration and discussions on the challenges and successes encountered in the offshore sector.
Its large international participation provides excellent opportunities for global sharing of technology, expertise, products, and best practices. OTC brings together industry leaders, investors, buyers, and entrepreneurs to develop markets and business partnerships.