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Attendance at the 2011 Offshore Technology Conference (OTC) reached a 29-year high of 78,150, up eight per cent from last year, as offshore energy industry experts from around the world came together at the world's largest event for offshore resources development. OTC was held on 2-5 May at Reliant Park in Houston

"The outstanding attendance underscores that OTC is the show to attend, and reflects the economic recovery as well as the importance of global offshore resource development in meeting world energy demand. This is an industry that rises to and meets incredible challenges, and the best minds from around the world come together at OTC to share our knowledge, to learn about technological advances and innovative approaches, to solve problems and to discuss important issues that affect the entire planet,” said Susan Cunningham, 2011 OTC chairman.

This year’s event offered one of the strongest technical programmes ever with speakers from every major global producing area. A primary focus of the conference was the impact on deepwater drilling of the Macondo accident in the Gulf of Mexico, with 11 sessions presenting government and energy leaders discussing the lessons learned to take forward across the globe. OTC's Spotlight on New Technology programme highlighted 15 innovative technologies that are already making the industry more effective.