Year in review: 2014

December 30, 2014

Year in review: 2014 - OEDigital’s top stories

Mozambique NG flow test.


OE staff presents a look back at 2014’s top stories posted on It was a year filled with highs and lows, and the stories below reflect the big contract wins, the big exploration finds, prospects that came up dry, and the need for newer technologies just on the horizon.

Eni CEO, Mozambique president discuss progress
Eni CEO Paolo Scaroni outlined the Italian company’s exploration progress and activities within the country to the President of the Republic of Mozambique Armando Guebuza. 

Learn from NASA at SPEIE
Global demand for energy and the technical challenges facing the oil and gas exploration and production industry means business as usual is no longer an option.

Heerema crane vessel. From Heerema.

US Congress to discuss new ocean technologies
The US Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation Subcommittee of the US House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure of the 113th Congress will conduct a hearing in Washington, DC on 21 May, about using new ocean technologies.

Heerema planning new heavy lifter
Heerema Marine Contractors is planning a new semisubmersible crane vessel, which, according to crane supplier Huisman, will have the world's largest cranes on board.

ROVs take on BOPs
Elaine Maslin attended Subsea Expo in Aberdeen to view the latest in ROV technology and learned of a new model FMC Technologies Schilling Robotics plans to release.

Appetite for technology in ME increases need for intelligent energy law solutions
The oil and gas industry is experiencing an increasing demand for advanced technology and expertise in the Middle East at a time when the sector as a whole is changing its approach to acquiring, transferring, and protecting its intellectual capital.

The Vantage Titanium drillship. From Vantage.

Third Gabon well disappoints
Ophir Energy’s deepwater Padouck Deep-1 well, in the Ntsina block, offshore Gabon, completed drilling and found no significant hydrocarbons.

Kaombo mega-contracts awarded
Nearly US$8 billion worth of contracts on the Kaombo mega-project offshore Angola have been announced, following operator Total’s final investment decision on the project.

Future proofing for intelligent solutions
The industry has been lazy when it comes to adopting intelligent energy solutions, but it will need them more to be competitive and attract staff, according to senior oil executives.

Statoil bets on Flemish Pass
A lot has changed for Statoil in the past four years. In 2010, the company had two core exploration areas; the company now has six: the Norwegian Continental Shelf, US Gulf of Mexico, Brazil, Angola, Tanzania, and east coast Canada.


Year in review: 2014 – Best of OE Magazine

The Na Kika platform. From BP.


OE’s editorial staff presents this list of 12 magazine stories from our 2014 archive that we deemed “can’t-miss” reading material.


Using RFID technology to improve offshore logistics
RFID is nothing new, but several companies that spoke at OTC Brazil demonstrated how they adopted the technology in hopes of streamlining their businesses. Audrey Leon listened in.


Offshore rig in Rio de Janiero.


Equus delayed but not dead
US explorer Hess remains 'confident' that its billion-dollar Australian gas project will proceed, giving new life to the US$6 billion project off northwest Australia.


BP uses high-fidelity simulators to develop non-technical skills
Tim Bailey, director of BP's Global Wells Institute, explains how simulators are used in the applied deepwater well control program.


Kings of the Gulf
Two of the major deepwater developments that have started production so far in the Gulf of Mexico belong to Shell and BP. Sarah Parker Musarra examines the technology behind two mammoth projects: Mars B and Na Kika.


Computerizing offshore Mozambique
Data gathering and large-scale reservoir modeling will be key to unlocking Anadarko's big gas development off Mozambique. Bruce Nichols spoke with Anadarko and engineers at Halliburton's Landmark to discover more.

Deploying an air gun umbilical. Photo from OceanGeo. 



Archer's modular Topaz makes its North Sea debut
Archer’s new vertical drilling rig is due to debut in the Norwegian North Sea later this year. Meg Chesshyre found out more.



The Atwood Achiever. From Atwood.

Looking for Ireland's Jubilee
Exploration offshore Ireland has yet to bear significant fruit – could new ideas finally create the oil rush the region has been waiting for? Elaine Maslin takes a look.



Trending up
Innovation is a necessity when it comes to exploring and producing oil and gas. Audrey Leon discussed recent technological trends occurring in the geophysical sector with several leading companies.



Point by point: The business of FPSOs
In advance of OE’s 2014 Global FPSO Forum, Managing Editor Audrey Leon spoke with Peter Lovie, Senior Advisor, Floating Systems for Peter M Lovie PE, LLC, and program chair for Global FPSO Forum; Arjan Voogt, MARIN USA; and Bruce Crager, Endeavor Management, to discuss topics affecting the FPSO sector.



Upstream prospects stay bright for West Africa
N. Foster Mellen analyzes West African transactional activity and drilling rig data, which indicates a promising future for the region.


Helge Lund. From BG Group.


Close collaboration: drilling with liner
Weatherford discusses how a collaborative approach helped in the planning and execution of a North Sea drilling with liner operation.



The most influential people of 2014
Who have been the movers and shakers in 2014? OE looked to the global offshore oil & gas industry to select the VIPs (very important players) in our 14 in 2014 list, presented here in no particular order.

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