Tours / Special Events

Offshore Energy Center's Ocean Star Offshore Drilling Rig Museum and Education Center

Date:  Sunday, November 12, 2017 - 1:00pm to 5:00pm

Cost:  $50.00/per person

"Visitors step on board, tour the completely refurbished jackup drilling rig, absorb the day-to-day excitement of offshore drilling and production, marine transportation, environmental protection, construction, pipelining - all experienced through three decks of videos, equipment exhibits and interactive displays. It's a museum, educational attraction and working drilling rig all rolled into one."

The Ocean Star Offshore Drilling Rig Museum and Education Center is a retired jackup drilling rig that offers a fun, hands-on way to learn about the offshore oil and gas industry. Visitors can view specialized oilfield equipment in a comfortable atmosphere and award winning museum unlike any other. The museum celebrates its 20th birthday in April 2017. It is located on Galveston Island, Texas, less than an hour from downtown Houston, the world's petroleum capital.

Visitors board the retired jackup drilling rig and view a video about the offshore industry. The museum features three floors of models and interactive displays illustrating the story of offshore oil and gas from seismic technology to exploration and production. Scale models of production platforms, actual drill bits and remotely-operated vehicles (ROVs) as well as videos and exhibits explain drilling, geology, seismic, well servicing and production.

Following a leisurely tour inside the museum, visitors can take the skywalk out onto the drill floor of the rig, or visit the exhibits on the pipe deck from the first floor of the museum.

Petra Nova Tour

Date:  Wednesday, November 15 - 1:00pm to 5:30pm

Cost:  $100.00 person - conference registrants, $150.00 US - non-registrants

Attendance is limited to the first 25 registrants

Attendees of the USAEE North America Conference 2017 in Houston will have the unique opportunity to visit and tour the Petra Nova generation and carbon capture facility, located southwest of Houston.

The Petra Nova facility, a joint venture between NRG and JX Nippon Oil & Gas Exploration, captures more than 90 percent of the carbon dioxide (CO2) from a 240 MW slipstream of flue gas for the use and ultimate sequestration of 1.6 million tons of this greenhouse gas annually. Petra Nova came online in 2016.

At 240 MW, Petra Nova is the world's largest post-combustion carbon capture facility installed on an existing coal-fueled power plant. The technology has the potential to enhance the long-term viability and sustainability of coal-fueled power plants across the U.S. and around the world. The project was selected by the United States Department of Energy (DOE) to receive up to $190 million as part of the Clean Coal Power Initiative Program (CCPI), a cost-shared collaboration between the federal government and private industry.

The Petra Nova Project utilizes a proven carbon capture process, which was jointly developed by Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd. (MHI) and the Kansai Electric Power Co., that uses a high-performance solvent for CO2 absorption and desorption.

The captured CO2 is to be used in enhanced oil recovery (EOR) operations.