Top 20 Stories of 2019

December 30, 2019

(Photo: Husky Energy)
(Photo: Husky Energy)

From reporting on major new deepwater discoveries and impressive engineering and technological feats, to expert commentary on impactful market trends, Offshore Engineer delivered no shortage of exciting offshore industry coverage throughout 2019.

Representing just a small sample from the thousands of articles published in print and online this year, these are the 20 most-read stories on from 2019.

1. There’s Something Happening off Newfoundland
Something large and overlooked lurks beneath the seabed offshore Newfoundland and Labrador.

2. Activity Picking Up Offshore Guyana
Guyana has become one of the most exciting regions within the oil and gas industry over the last few years, with increased exploratory activity filtering down to the supply boat sector.

3. FPSO Boom to Challenge Supply Chain
Surging numbers of orders for floating production, storage and offloading vessels (FPSO) may be straining the supply chain, including shipyards in Asia, according to World Energy Reports.

4. A Fire in the Battery Room
A fire in the battery room of a passenger ferry has given Norwegian offshore safety officials — and firemen — a taste of the dreaded toxic, hard-to-control chemical explosions and fumes that marine energy storage was feared to have been theoretically capable of creating.

5. Video: Valhall Accommodation Topside Removed
The original accommodation platform topside at Valhall in the southern part of the North Sea was removed by Allseas' giant multipurpose heavy-lift construction vessel Pioneering Spirit.

6. Pirates Attack OSV in the Gulf of Mexico
Pirates attacked an offshore supply vessel (OSV) in the southern Gulf of Mexico, injuring two crew members in another outbreak of robbery and piracy to hit oil platforms and infrastructure in the area.

7. Samsung Wins $963 Mln FPSO Contract
South Korean shipbuilder Samsung Heavy Industries bagged an order for the construction of a floating production, storage and offloading unit (FPSO) for Reliance Industries' MJ deepwater gas and condensate project off India's east coast.

8. Shell Says Two Killed in GoM Platform Accident
Two people were killed at Shell's Auger tension leg platform in the deepwater U.S. Gulf of Mexico while testing mandatory safety equipment.

9. FPSO Outlook: New Orders & Growth Trends
The number of floating production, storage and offloading unit (FPSO) in operation or available for deployment has grown by 33% over the past 10 years, from 151 units at end-2009 to 201 units at end-2018, according to World Energy Reports.

10. Drilling Down Deep
Deepwater drilling is back and targeting ever deeper waters, from South Africa to Pakistan.

11. Weatherford Unveils Automated MPD Riser System
Billing it as Industry 4.0, Weatherford launched a automated managed pressure drilling (MPD) riser system that combines with artificial intelligence, condition-based maintenance and additional sensors to speed operations.

12. It’s Only Just the Start for Subsea Drones
The starting gun on a subsea space race has officially been fired with the first ever award of a contract that includes services from a subsea resident drone.

13. Offshore Vessel Sinks: 3 Rescued, 1 Dead, 10 Missing
French offshore vessels owner Bourbon confirmed that its tug supply vessel Bourbon Rhode sank in middle of the Atlantic Ocean while navigating heavy seas near a category 4 hurricane. Only four of the vessel's 14 crew members were rescued after extensive search efforts.

14. TechnipFMC to Split into Two Companies
Franco-American oil services firm TechnipFMC announced it would spin off its engineering and construction operations into a separate company, leaving it as a technology-focused equipment supplier to oil and gas companies.

15. Transocean Cancels Drillship Deliveries
Offshore drilling contractor Transocean announced that it will not take delivery of two newbuild drillships that were scheduled to be handed over from Korean builder Samsung Heavy Industries (SHI) in 2019 and 2020.

16. Seaspace Race Underway at Saab Subsea Docking Demo
Offshore Engineer witnessed successful trials of docking and inspection operations using a commercially available underwater vehicle and Norwegian energy firm Equinor’s open-standard subsea docking station (SDS), in Lake Vattern, at Motala, Sweden.

17. Chevron to Buy Anadarko for $33 Bln
Chevron had made its move to buy oil and gas producer Anadarko Petroleum before losing out in a bidding war with Occidental Petroleum. Oxy outbid Chevron to acquire Anadarko in August.

18. Exxon Appoints Bank to Sell Malaysia Assets
ExxonMobil appointed Bank of America Merrill Lynch to run the sale of its Malaysian oil and gas assets as the US firm accelerates a vast disposal program.

19. Petrobras: A New Era Begins
The year 2019 began with a new government in Brazil and a new management controlling the national oil and gas company Petróleo Brasileiro, commonly known as Petrobras.

20. A Structural Shift for the Subsea Supply Chain
Late cycle contractors may have changed the subsea sector for good and as lead times shorten, schedule optimization is an increasingly vital consideration for offshore project developments.

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