MMS Awards 313 Leases in Western Gulf of Mexico Sale 207

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The Minerals Management Service (MMS) has accepted high bids valued at $483,959,404 and awarded 313 leases to the successful high bidders who participated in Western Gulf of Mexico Oil and Gas Lease Sale 207. Funds from the total high bids will be distributed to the general fund of the U. S. Treasury, shared with the affected States, and set aside for special uses that benefit all fifty states.

The leases were awarded following the completion of an extensive, two-phase bid evaluation process to ensure that the Federal government receives a fair monetary return for the public mineral resources it makes available.

Fifty-three companies submitted 423 bids on 319 tracts in the Western Gulf of Mexico at Lease Sale 207 held August 20, 2008. The total for high bids submitted on all tracts was $487,297,676. Using the two-phase bid evaluation process, MMS rejected high bids totaling $3,338,272 on 6 tracts as insufficient for fair market value.

The highest bid accepted on a tract was $61,110,000 made by Statoil Gulf of Mexico LLC for Alaminos Canyon Block 380. This tract is in deep water (greater than 6,562 feet or 2,000 meters) and received 3 bids.

The top five companies with the highest number of accepted high bids for Sale 207:

Company; Number of High Bids Accepted; Sum of High Bids Accepted

  • Exxon Mobil Corporation; 128 ; $125,264,000
  • Hess Corporation; 22 ; $14,162,407
  • Chevron U.S.A. Inc.; 20 ; $127,281,322
  • Devon Energy Production Company, L.P.; 20 ; $6,671,461
  • Anadarko E&P Company LP; 19 ; $14,806,839

The top five companies with the highest total bonus amount accepted for Sale 207:

Company; Number of High Bids; Accepted Sum of High Bids Accepted

  • Chevron U.S.A. Inc.; 20 ; $127,281,322
  • Exxon Mobil Corporation; 128 ; $125,264,000
  • Statoil Gulf of Mexico LLC; 5 ; $87,352,000
  • LLOG Exploration Offshore, Inc.; 11 ; $23,172,800
  • Shell Gulf of Mexico Inc.; 15 ; $20,199,985
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