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The Ocean Energy Safety Institute (OESI) is a consortium of industry, national labs, non-governmental organizations and academia created to develop the technology and workforce needed for increased energy production that is safer, more sustainable and more cost-effective.

OESI is managed by the Texas A&M Engineering Experiment Station (TEES). The consortium is organized under an agreement between TEES and the U.S. Department of the Interior’s Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) and the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE). The agreement, announced in May 2021, calls for up to $40 million from the federal government over five years, as well as about $12 million in investments from consortium members.

In addition to TEES, the consortium involves 16 universities in 10 states, including Texas A&M University, Prairie View A&M University and the University of Maryland; It also involves the Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service, several national labs and more than 20 stakeholders representing conventional and renewable energy.

M. Katherine Banks, Texas A&M president, is the principal investigator of OESI.


The vision of OESI is:

  • To improve the safety and environmentally sustainable development and operation of offshore energy production through cooperative applied research and development, while building a collaborative model grounded on principles of shared learning and promotion of dialogue. Offshore energy includes oil and gas, wind, and marine hydrokinetic systems.
  • Build a world-class center of excellence for ocean energy safety and development that brings together the interests of industry, the Department of Energy/BSEE and DOE/the Office of Oil and Natural Gas, and DOE/Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy for mutual benefit.

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Our energy systems and services research features innovative solutions to obstacles in energy production, processing and consumption.

TEES’ national security research works toward protecting the nation from internal and external vulnerabilities.