A Nova Scotia delegation of 31 companies and organizations isheaded to Houston to let industry insiders know that NovaScotia’s offshore oil and gas industry is a smart investment forexploration and for industry suppliers. Energy Minister Cecil Clarke, in partnership with theOffshore/Onshore Technologies Association of Nova Scotia (OTANS),is leading the energy team to the 2005 Offshore TechnologyConference from Sunday, May 1 through Thursday, May 5. “This is one of the largest oil and gas shows in the world, soit’s important that we meet with these companies in-market andface-to-face to showcase Nova Scotia as a region with significantand untapped potential,” said Mr. Clarke. “We have made greatimprovements to our regulatory regime and that’s an importantmessage to bring to this audience.” The minister will meet with senior officials from energycompanies and will make a number of presentations on behalf ofthe province. The four-day conference includes a trade show, newsconferences, and industry meetings. There will also be technicalpresentations, including a half-day East Coast session. This year, Canada will be the featured topic at an industrybreakfast hosted by the U.S. Department of Commerce and theOffshore Technology Conference board of directors. Mr. Clarkewill provide an overview of Nova Scotia’s oil and gas potentialand discuss improvements in the regulatory environment. The 31 companies and organizations travelling to Houstonrepresent distributors, industry suppliers and businessdevelopment organizations. “This delegation shows the breadth of talent and expertise withinthe Nova Scotia petroleum supply sector,” said OTANS chair TomHickey. “We expect that this trade mission will see solidbusiness leads both for companies concentrating on the AtlanticCanada market and the international scene.” Founded in 1969, the Offshore Technology Conference is theworld’s foremost event for the development of offshore resourcesin the fields of drilling, exploration, production andenvironmental protection. With more than 2,000 exhibitingcompanies, and 50,000 delegates, the Offshore TechnologyConference ranks among the 10 most attended trade shows in theUnited States.