Of the 557 tracts receiving bids, MMS rejected 14 high bids totaling $4,537,449 as insufficient for fair market value. In addition, one high bid at $201,450 was deemed unacceptable by MMS because it was below the required minimum bid amount stated in the Final Notice of Sale. MMS accepted the high bids on 542 tracts for a net amount of $364,024,583.
The monies collected are distributed to the general fund of the U.S. Treasury, shared with the affected States, and set aside for special uses that benefit all 50 states.
The highest bid accepted on a tract was $35,290,892 by Amerada Hess Corporation for Green Canyon 468. This top bid of the sale was in 800-1,599 meters water depth and received five bids. The second and third highest bids accepted were for $31,088,000 by Union Oil Company of California, Anadarko Petroleum Corporation, Nexen Petroleum Offshore, U.S.A., and BHP Billiton Petroleum (Deepwater) Inc. on Green Canyon Blocks 512, and $8,213,415 by EnCana Gulf of Mexico LLC on Walker Ridge 969 in 1,600 meters or greater water depth.
This sale indicates the continued strong interest of major and independent oil and gas companies in the Gulf. The results of the sale also indicate a continuing interest in shallow-water areas, with sixty-one percent of the tracts receiving bids in less than 200 meters of water.
The top five companies participating in the highest number of accepted high bids for Sale 190 are the following:
five companies with the highest total bonus accepted are the following:
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