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Headed to Houston tomorrow
Posted by: McQ on Wednesday, November 14, 2007

A few weeks ago I was invited to go to Houston and Corpus Christi by the American Petroleum Institute on a "blogger" event, all expenses paid. Not being one to turn down the few perks which come with blogging I said "OK" and will be leaving tomorrow morning (very early) and back Saturday morning.

No blogging in between as it is a very ambitious itinerary (beside the fact that I hate the airport hassle with a computer).

I'm getting the opportunity to tour their Blind Faith (the name of the off-shore patch they're drilling) off-shore oil drilling platform before they deploy it. It's a deep water semi-submersible which, according to everything I read, is state-of-the-art. The area off the coast where it will be deployed is the "Mississippi Canyon" and about 190 miles south of New Orleans. It'll be in 7,000 feet of water (they'll drill to 24,000), has the potential of 100 million barrels of oil and lots of NG (its daily yield will be 45,000 bbls of oil and 45 million cu. ft. of gas a day), will be using a new high pressure and high temperature extraction system.

I'm taking a cheap little video camera and tape recorder (ok, a digital voice recorder ... boy did I date myself) and hope to produce some video of the event and do some interviews. Should be interesting. What's more interesting is the API's only stipulation concerning this trip:

"API has underwritten Bruce McQuain's travel expenses to attend the Chevron location tour in Houston and Corpus Christi, Texas. Bruce is not required to blog about API initiatives. The only requirement as a condition of underwriting these expenses was to include this disclosure of this relationship on his blog."

I can certainly live with that, and you may consider this my formal disclosure (and I will repeat it in any blog entry).

If you want to read more about Blind Faith try this, this, this and this.
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Previous Comments to this Post 

Let me be the first to say, nay SCRAM it:


There that’s out fo the way. Have a great time, will you need an assistant?
Written By: Joe
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Heh ... thanks Joe, always nice to get that out of the way.

Figured I’d announce it before I went so the usual suspects (not including you) could get it out of their system.

And this is a "no assistant" trip. Sorry.
Written By: McQ
That sounds very cool, Bruce, even if you have to be a running-dog lackey in order to get to do it.

Good for you, man. Definitely have a good time with it.
Written By: Billy Beck
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Cool. Where ya staying at? You’ll have to get me and pogue to show you around. I know a bar downtown you might like.
Written By: ChrisB
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Bought and paid for, I see. Take your blood money and go!

And while you’re there, make sure to send us a nice postcard. God speed, Bruce.
Written By: Joel C.
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I know a bar downtown you might like.

If you want, I’ll email you my A-list...

26 pubs located strategically around town so no matter where you are staying or what time of day you might have some down time, the list will have you covered. I tried for a while to update the list with who has what on tap and when the comely birds keep bar, but I could never read my handwriting the next day.

Is that an ’R’?... What the f*ck is that!?!

Written By: PogueMahone
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My problem is I’m in Corpus Cristi Thu nite and don’t get back into Houston until 8pm on Fri with a dinner at 9. While I appreciate the offers, like I mentioned it is an ambitious itinerary.
Written By: McQ
But did they invite any progressive bloggers?
Written By: Harun
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I imagine the rig is being built down in Ingleside. I toured some of the yard facilities down there a decade ago or so when one of my father’s rigs was in construction at Gulf Marine and I was but a third year engineering student. Now I build rigs, too. =)

Enjoy the trip, it’s impressive what the industry is able to accomplish these days.
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