Top Rigzone-Staff Picks for 2015

Top Rigzone-Staff Articles for 2015
Rigzone's editors highlight some of their personal favorites from 2015.

Rigzone’s Content Team selects some of the articles they’ve enjoyed writing the most in 2015. If we’ve missed your favorites, leave them in the comments below.

The energy content of methane occurring in hydrate form is extremely powerful and could exceed the combined energy content of all other known fossil fuels. If ice gas ever enters a state of commercialization it’ll be great news for methane hydrate rich nations all over the world. –Andreas Exarheas

It’s refreshing to write about an emerging local player in Indonesia’s domestic upstream sector, dominated by national oil company Pertamina. Saka did not waver in executing its upstream plans despite operating in an industry downtrend. However, Saka did highlight challenges it faces as a relative newcomer in Asia’s only OPEC member country. –Chee Yew Cheang

This piece delved into the behind-the scenes cost of oil and gas exploration and production. It explored both the process and the attitude of bankers and lenders who have faith in the industry, but also have their own balance sheets to maintain in a time of low commodity prices and market turmoil. Predicated on the perspective of expert sources, the story offered insight into the future financial challenges of companies struggling to repay their debts and keep their heads above water. –Deon Daugherty

I liked the Drone Alone article because it was an opportunity for me to learn about how a new technology is helping to make oil and gas work easier. Replacing rope-access visual inspection activities with drones makes a lot of sense, particularly when inspecting hazardous areas, such as the underside of rigs. From a health and safety point of view it’s a no-brainer. –Jon Mainwaring

Writing this piece on artificial intelligence (AI) was like writing something from straight out of a movie. The oil and gas industry’s focus on greater efficiency and productivity means it will continue to seek out technologies new to industry, including AI. –Karen Boman

Enthusiasm for mega-sized LNG projects has been on the wane during the current oil and gas downturn, but the news isn’t all bad for LNG developers. In fact, the LNG experts I interviewed for this article were quite optimistic about the outlook for small- and mid-scale liquefaction projects. I was pleased to report on this exciting growth area. –Matthew Veazey

We surveyed more than 800 millennials around the globe to find out exactly what they think of the oil and gas industry – from their values and the types of leaders they prefer to what they perceive as the biggest industry challenge. Their responses were candid and insightful. With so many millennials entering the workforce, it was important for Rigzone to better understand their needs. –Valerie Jones

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