Energy Workforce & Technology Council’s esteemed State Department Houston Energy Course kicked off this week as the program celebrates its 30th anniversary. Twenty-eight U.S. foreign and civil service officers stationed in 19 countries traveled to Houston to participate in an immersive look at the oil and gas industry across all sectors and angles of the value chain.
Students participating in this session of the program had the opportunity to hear presentations from industry and subject matter experts from the Baker Institute at Rice University, Baker Hughes, BP, Chevron, Enerflex, GaffneyCline, Halliburton, HMH, New Climate Ventures, NOV, Oceaneering, Piper Sandler, SLB, TechnipFMC, UNC Energy Center, Weatherford and the U.S. State Department’s Bureau of Energy Resources.
Participants engaged in question and answer sessions with company representatives about topics such as the energy security, energy expansion and technology, exploration, business development, technical aspects of drilling and constructing a well, onshore and offshore issues, midstream and refining topics, and technologies being developed and deployed.
Since its inception in 1993, the Houston Energy Course has provided an opportunity for the energy industry and government officials to come together, collaborate and learn from each other. The partnership between Energy Workforce and the State Department has provided an opportunity for Energy Workforce to expand on its mission and support our government officials as they represent the United States abroad.
The International Programs Committee designed the curriculum in collaboration with E&P partners, academia and Energy Workforce Members. The next session takes place in August 2023.
For more information or to join the International Programs Committee, contact Energy Workforce Senior Director Government Affairs Deidre Kohlrus.
Deidre Almstead Kohlrus, Senior Director Government Affairs, writes about industry-specific policies for the Energy Workforce & Technology Council. Click here to subscribe to the Energy Workforce newsletter, which highlights sector-specific issues, best practices, activities and more.