Observing OTC 2016

Offshore Technology Conference (OTC) is the industry’s largest exhibition for the technical offshore energy market, welcoming executives and engineers of all oil and gas industry segments. The oil downturn has hit its worst in decades, so it comes as no surprise that attendance at the show has decreased from the then staggering record 108,000 just two years ago. This year’s attendance came in at just 68,000 – a 28 percent decline from 2015’s 95,000 – but is expected to make a comeback as the market enters an upturn.  We observed some key trends and topics of discussion as we perused the show floor to meet with industry colleagues and admire the latest technologies from some of our top customers.

2016 Show numbers:
Exhibitors: 2,550 (672,000 ft2) (47 countries)
Total Attendees: 68,000 (120 countries)
Technical Session Speakers:
11 panel sessions
24 keynotes
325+ technical presentations

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Used Harris CapRock Equipment Finds New Life at Mexican Orphanage Casa Hogar

Harris CapRock’s Global Supply Team recently found a creative way to repurpose equipment from its old office in Poza Rica, Mexico.

“My team, including George Ronchaquira and Keiland Johnson, did a business case study on the best outcome,” recounted Jose Torres, Harris CapRock product manager for the Americas.

Through the course of this analysis the team identified materials for reuse and recycling.  In particular, they concluded that disposal of the office furniture – which had been used to its fullest life – would cost roughly $20,000.

“We knew there could be a way to avoid those costs while benefitting a needy organization.  We researched and emailed several nonprofit organizations in the area to ask if they had use for the furniture.  Casa Hogar responded almost immediately,” Torres said.

Casa Hogar

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Harris CapRock Delivers Integrated Telecom System for New Deepwater Production Platform

Located beneath 3,500 feet of water, 115 miles off the coast of Louisiana, the deepwater fields involved in the Stampede oil and gas project were first discovered in 2005. Operated by Hess Corporation, work on the subsea development project began in earnest in 2013, with initial production expected to start in 2018.

The Stampede project involves six subsea production wells and four water injection wells, all of which will tie back to a newly built tension leg platform (TLP). As Terry Babin, Harris CapRock’s Supervisor of Project Engineering for the energy market explains, the TLP is a floating production platform.

“Drill ships will drill wells nearby—within a five or six mile radius—and then connect subsea pipes to the platform for processing,” Terry says.

Hess hired a Project Management Consultant (PMC) to assist with the Stampede project’s telecommunication engineering and design.
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“The PMC wrote a detailed telecommunication system integration specification,” recalls Terry, “and this led to Harris CapRock’s initial involvement.”

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Harris CapRock Supports The Qatar Satellite Company with Advanced VSAT Hub

In 2010, Qatar—a small country off the Arabian Peninsula—had the fastest growing economy in the world. That same year, Es’hailSat, The Qatar Satellite Company, was established to manage and develop Qatar’s presence in space. The company owns and operates satellites to serve broadcasters, businesses and governments across the region with television, voice, internet, corporate and government services.

EsHailSat LogoEs’hailSat launched its first satellite, Es’hail-1, in 2013, as the first Qatari satellite in space. Its second satellite, Es’hail-2, is scheduled to be launched in Q1 2017 by SpaceX from Cape Canaveral, Florida.

Es’hailSat employs state-of-the-art technology on its satellites to provide advanced services to strategic stakeholders and customers who value broadcasting and communications independence and quality. To support its infrastructure expansion needs and business growth, Es’hailSat approached Harris CapRock for an Advanced VSAT hub to service customers using its secure Ka-band frequency.

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Harris CapRock Employee Spotlight: Pål Johansen, Harris CapRock Network Engineer, Stavanger, Norway

Faced with an unexpected stretch of downtime, Pål Johansen started exploring. He’d already traveled the world for his job as a satellite engineer, and in his free time enjoyed touring Norway on his motorcycle. But when that same motorcycle landed him in the hospital for an extended period, Pål turned his focus closer to home, dedicating himself to learning all he could about networks.

Years of self-directed study eventually led Pål to a job with Harris CapRock. He began in 1999, and today works as a network engineer in our Stavanger office, providing network support and design.

Pal Johansen

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