As part of a week-long visit to the United States, Norway’s Crown Prince and Crown Princess will spend two days in Houston this May. On a trip aimed at promoting Norwegian innovation, the Royals have chosen to attend this year’s Offshore and Technology Conference (OTC).
Founded in 1969, OTC focuses on the development of offshore resources in the fields of drilling, exploration, production, and environmental protection all over the world. The Houston-based conference registers more than 80,000 attendants every year, and features a grand exhibition featuring more than 2,500 companies. With attendees from over 110 different countries, the conference is a world leading promoter and facilitator of scientific and technical knowledge within the field of offshore and with regards to the environment.
OTC2013 will take place on May 6 to May 9 at Reliant Park in Houston. The Crown Prince and Crown Princess will arrive in Houston to attend the official OTC dinner at Reliant Stadium the day before the opening, and then pay visit to the OTC exhibition in Reliant Center on the following day. There, the Royals will perform the official opening of the Norwegian pavilion. With this year’s conference, Norway will have had a presence at the exhibition for 40 years, ever since Crown Prince Haakon’s father, then Crown Prince Harald, opened the first Norwegian pavilion in 1973. This year, the Norwegian pavilion will span more than 1000 square meters and feature more than 80 different exhibitors, making it the largest national pavilion at OTC.
As usual, large delegations from Stavanger, Bergen, Nordland and the Agder region will travel to Houston to attend this year’s conference. And, in addition, several Norwegian CEOs and high ranking political officials, such as Norway’s Minister of Petroleum and Energy, Ola Borten Moe, will attend OTC2013. In general, the marking of Norway’s 40th anniversary is likely to bring more than 2,800 Norwegians across the Atlantic, making this year’s Norwegian attendance an all-time high.
For more information about OTC2013 and the Norwegian pavilion, visit http://www.otcnet.org/2013/.
Published: October 4, 2022