The 2020 Offshore Technology Conference (OTC) has been cancelled due to the Coronavirus pandemic which has disrupted several activities, ravaging countries and economies.

The organizers said the difficult decision was taken after significant consideration and in light of the COVID-19 pandemic.

In a statement, the OTC Board of Directors said, amid continued health and travel concerns during this uncertain time, the Board felt this decision was the most feasible and responsible for staff, exhibitors, partners, attendees, and the Houston community.

“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, and we have taken federal, state, and local guidelines into account in making our decision,” states Cindy Yeilding, OTC Chairperson.

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.”

The Board said the technical papers and presentations for 2020 will be made available at a later date on as a way to preserve the significant work of the program committee and authors.

It further stated that plans will commence for OTC 2021, bringing leading-edge technical information, the industry’s largest equipment exhibition, and valuable professional contacts from around the world to Houston.

The Call for Papers will open on 28 May 2020. Join us 3–6 May 2021 as OTC will continue to drive the offshore energy sector forward into the next decade.

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.

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