Gallery: 2014 Industry milestones

Gallery: 2014 Industry milestones
Gallery: 2014 Industry milestones


As 2014 draws to a dramatic close for the industry, Energy Voice reflects on milestone events that fuelled a hectic year.

In the first of a three part series we look back at some of the game changers within the industry.

Later this week, we’ll look at some of the highlights and defining moments in the months leading up to the Scottish referendum.

The beginning of the year started with a helicopter being forced to shut down twice in four days.

Only days later, oil explorers made a stunning prehistoric find similar to Northern Ireland’s iconic Giant’s Causeway miles underwater.

The month was closed by a breach on a North Sea rig caused by wintry weather conditions.

In February the £11billion plans to develop the giant Johan Sverdrup field were revealed.

The Subsea Expo 2014 was as busy as ever, with offshore firms being warned to stop poaching staff from other companies.

There was sad news in the industry at the end of the month, when an offshore worker passed away, after falling from a North Sea platform.

March saw the creation of an innovative idea by Calum Napier to allow staff to make the most of their time onshore.

Work also began on an oil and gas find near Gatwick Airport.

The families of those killed in the 2009 fatal helicopter accident that killed 16 men were told by an inquiry the crash could have been avoided.

In April, Qatar’s royal family made a $1.5billion offer to purchase Heritage Oil.

A helicopter was forced to land after a gearbox issue scare in the North Sea.

As the excitement towards the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games gathered momentum, Energy Voice spoke to a number of oil and gas industry workers, competing in a variety of sporting events.

The industry was rocked in April by the announcement that Chris Finlayson, chief executive of BG Group, had stepped down from his role after just 16 months.

A £3billion merger deal between Premier Oil and Ophir was ruled out at the end of April which could have created a UK oil and gas major.