The Offshore Technology Conference is expected to bring about 90 thousand visitors to Reliant Park in Houston over the next four days.  About one in four of those participants are from outside the U.S.

It’s a big event – estimated to be the biggest held in Houston this year.

“This was projected to be bigger than NRA,” says OTC executive director Stephen Graham.  “Last year we had 89 thousand people attend and we’re ahead of that this time.”

The four-day conference focuses on technology, but a lot of the fascination is centered on the heavy equipment displays.  Companies like Chevron, Cameron and Baker-Hughes have big displays, along with the country of Norway.

Crown Prince Haakom says his country has, by necessity, became expert in extracting oil from the ocean floor.  The crude under the North Atlantic is deep and the work is done in very cold conditions.

“It has actually become an asset for us because it created an industry that is innovative,” he points out.

Norwegian engineers played a role in the recovery from the Deepwater Horizon explosion and oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico three years ago.