HOUSTON - You would never guess there`s an oil crisis by the sheer number of attendees at this years Offshore Technology Conference happening at NRG Park.
"This is the largest oil and gas conference of its kind in the world," explained Ed Stokes, Chairman of the Board of Directors of OTC.
Last year`s conference attracted nearly 110,000 people. This year, visitors can see 2500 exhibits and include delegates from 130 countries.
Paul Liberato, President of Bully Pugh Co., Inc. said, "Houston really is still the international oil capital and I can`t imagine a better place than Houston, I mean, this is where everybody comes and does business."
But it`s not just about oil and gas.
"We have the chemical engineers , the civil engineers, mechanical engineers, electrical engineers, mining engineers, so there are sessions that are covering energy with a big E, very broad," added Stokes.
You can see anything from exploration, drilling, operations, to safety and rescue. And even for those who may be newly unemployed in the industry, this conference gives hope.
"On Thursday we`re having an open access day. People that have lost their jobs will be able to come to OTC free...We`re having a networking event for them to meet other people and expand their networks," according to Stokes.
This is one BIG event for a big money industry.