The Ocean Energy Safety Institute will facilitate dialogue among the stakeholders of offshore energy operations to identify areas of required research and gaps in current and planned research. These identified gaps, when filled should contribute to safer and environmentally responsible offshore operations.

21st Century Ocean Energy Safety Research Roadmap

The Ocean Energy Safety Institute (OESI) asked the Research Partnership for a Secure Energy America (RPSEA) to assist in the development of a technology focused roadmap. The goal is to help enable prioritization of R&D investments needed to improve offshore health, safety, and environmental performance. The scope of this final report will be focused on the Gulf of Mexico, while incorporating applicable findings and research from all offshore regions where oil and gas is produced.

This roadmap report utilizes publications, a network of subject matter experts, two 2014 OESI documents: “Ocean Energy Safety Research Roadmap for the 21st Century Forum for Dialogue” and the “Portfolio of Ocean Energy Safety Research Efforts”. Additionally, this roadmap builds on the RPSEA 2018 “R&D Plan”, and a May 2018 Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) and Gulf Research Program (GRP) ‘Safer Offshore Energy System Summit.’ The SPE and the International Association of Drilling Contractors (IADC) have also published summaries from other safety workshops and meetings that have been incorporated into this Roadmap. The report was also reviewed by stakeholder experts, some of whom are listed at the end of the report.

A copy of the report can be found here: 21st Century Ocean Energy Safety Research Roadmap

Research Highlights

The OESI Research Highlights is a collection of ocean energy safety related research being conducted by the three partner universities; Texas A&M University, University of Texas, and University of Houston. Although not an exhaustive collection, this publication certainly spotlights the excellent research being accomplished that will help enable safer operations offshore.

A copy of the 2018-2019 Research Highlights can be found here: 2018-2019 OESI Research Highlights

Collaborative Research


Human Factors

Zonal Isolation

New Materials