• 2017 July 17 11:15

    DOI announces 76 million acres offered in Gulf of Mexico region-wide oil and gas lease sale

    U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke announced that the Department would offer 75.9 million acres offshore Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, and Florida for oil and gas exploration and development. The region-wide lease sale scheduled for August 16, 2017 would include all available unleased areas in federal waters of the Gulf of Mexico and provide a reduced royalty rate for shallow water leases to encourage exploration and production under current market conditions, U.S. Department of the Interior said in its press release.

    Lease Sale 249, scheduled to be livestreamed from New Orleans, will be the first offshore sale under the National Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) Oil and Gas Leasing Program for 2017-2022. Under this program, ten region-wide lease sales are scheduled for the Gulf, where resource potential and industry interest are high, and oil and gas infrastructure is well established. Two Gulf lease sales will be held each year and include all available blocks in the combined Western, Central, and Eastern Gulf of Mexico Planning Areas.

    On June 29, President Donald J. Trump and Secretary Zinke announced the public comment period for a new Five-Year National OCS Oil and Gas Leasing Program. The comment period is the first step in executing the new program. The 2017-2022 Program, which begins with the lease sale announced today, will continue to be executed until the new National OCS Oil and Gas Leasing Program is complete.

    "Our Outer Continental Shelf lands offer vast energy development opportunities and we are committed to encouraging increased energy exploration and production in these offshore areas to maintain the Nation’s global dominance in energy production," Secretary Zinke said. "As a global energy leader, we will foster energy security and resilience for the benefit of the American people.  A strong offshore energy plan that responsibly harnesses more of our resources will spur economic opportunities for industry, states, and local communities, creating jobs and revenue.  That's why we also are developing a new national Outer Continental Shelf oil and gas program that will best meet our future energy needs."

    Lease Sale 249 will include about 14,220 unleased blocks, located from three to 231 miles offshore, in the Gulf’s Western, Central and Eastern planning areas in water depths ranging from nine to more than 11,115 feet (three to 3,400 meters). Excluded from the lease sale are blocks subject to the Congressional moratorium established by the Gulf of Mexico Energy Security Act of 2006; blocks that are adjacent to or beyond the U.S. Exclusive Economic Zone in the area known as the northern portion of the Eastern Gap; and whole blocks and partial blocks within the current boundary of the Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary.

    "To advance commonsense domestic energy production, the terms of this sale have been developed through extensive environmental analysis, public comment, and consideration of the best available information,” said Counselor to the Secretary on Energy Policy Vincent DeVito. “This will ensure appropriate resource development and further our energy dominance strategy.”

    The Gulf of Mexico OCS, covering about 160 million acres, has technically recoverable resources of 550 million barrels of oil and 1.25 trillion cubic feet of gas, accounting for nearly three-fourths of the oil and a fourth of the natural gas produced on federal lands.

    The lease sale terms include stipulations to protect biologically sensitive resources, mitigate potential adverse effects on protected species, and avoid potential conflicts associated with oil and gas development in the region. Additionally, BOEM has included appropriate fiscal terms that take into account market conditions and ensure taxpayers receive a fair return for use of the OCS. These terms include a 12.5 percent royalty rate for leases in less than 200 meters of water depth, and a royalty rate of 18.75 percent for all other leases issued pursuant to the sale.

    The 12.5 percent royalty rate for leases in less than 200 meters is lower than the proposed 18.75 percent royalty rate for shallow water leases that BOEM published in the Proposed Notice of Sale. The purpose of this change is to adjust the royalty rate to reflect recent market conditions, thereby encouraging competition and continuing to receive a fair and equitable return on oil and gas resources.

    "The rate change reflects this Administration's willingness to swiftly respond to economic indicators,” said DeVito. “The 12.5 percent royalty rate is closer in harmony with the current market and federal onshore lease sales.”

    As of July 3, 2017, 15.6 million acres on the U.S. OCS are under lease for oil and gas development (2947 active leases) and 4.1 million of those acres (842 leases) are producing oil and natural gas. More than 97 percent of these leases are in the Gulf of Mexico; about 3 percent are on the OCS off California and Alaska.




2017 November 23

18:05 CMA CGM announces FAK rates from Asia to Mediterranean
17:54 Mercury-1 ferry of Azerbaijan Caspian Shipping Company successfully passed sea test after major repairs
17:35 Ophir issues update on the status of the Fortuna FLNG project
17:20 Opatija, Croatia hosts three-day conference “The Port of Rijeka, Gateway of the Baltic-Adriatic Core Network Corridor”
17:05 Navantia and Bath Iron Works team for the US Navy Future Guided Missile Frigates
16:50 Throughput of Chinese ports up 7.2% to 7.23 bln t in 10M’17
16:35 COSCO (Guangdong) Shipyard delivers research/survey vessel to Guangzhou Marine Geological Survey
16:05 CMA CGM announces GRI from Asia to ECSA
16:03 Bunker prices may turn into irregular phase in the lead-up to OPEC’s meeting
15:44 Okskaya shipyard lays down the first non-self-propelled oil barge in a series of ten vessels ordered by STLC
15:33 European Sea Ports Organisation welcomes a deadline for global solution on CO2 from shipping
15:00 Ports of Ayr and Troon celebrate delivery of new Scottish-built pilot vessel
14:19 Corvette Soobrazitelny, Baltic Fleet, performed some training missions in piracy affected areas in Gulf of Aden
14:02 Wärtsilä engines and exhaust gas cleaning chosen for new cruise ship
13:23 Navigation 2017 to close in Azov-Don Basin of Russia’s IWW on 1 December 2017
13:02 Oldendorff Carriers receives IBJ Bulk Ship Operator of the Year award
12:36 Russia’s General Board of State Expert Review approves Phase I of Bagayevsky Hydrosystem project
12:10 Ports of Ayr and Troon celebrate delivery of new Scottish-built pilot vessel
11:52 Marine Recruiting Agency goes on with the program of RTG operators training
11:29 Coal exports via Rosterminalugol terminal hit 22 mln t milestone this year (photo)
11:04 MGO prices are still high at the Far East ports of Russia (graph)
10:41 Throughput of port Kaliningrad in Jan-Oct'17 grew by 16% to 11.28 mln t
10:18 Brent Crude futures price down 0.25% to $63.16, Light Sweet Crude – down 0.21% to $57.90
09:53 Ukraine’s water transport carried 0.5 mln passengers in Jan-Oct'17, up 30.2%, Y-o-Y
09:35 Port of Singapore throughput up 5.9% to 519.68 mln t in 10M’17
09:17 Baltic Dry Index up to 1,413 points

2017 November 22

18:02 Throughput of port Vyborg up 13% to 1.24 mln t in 10M’17
17:46 New research reveals ‘golden period’ ahead for the Port of Barrow
17:24 Iceland accedes to air pollution treaty
17:03 MSC receives the ‘Container Line of the Year’ award
16:35 Throughput of port Primorsk in 10M’17 down 9% Y-o-Y to 49.40 mln t
16:03 Scottish energy ports capability directory launched
15:47 Throughput of port Vysotsk up 2% to 14.42 mln t in 10M’17
15:21 Cargo transportation by Ukraine’s water transport down 13.3% to 4.8 mln t in 10M’17
15:03 Otto Energy confirms the installation of the jacket and decks comprising the SM 71 F Platform
14:44 Throughput of port Ust-Luga up 11% to 85.04 mln t in 10M’17
14:36 APM Terminals opens a new era for Puerto Quetzal
14:22 Okskaya shipyard will build a series of six trawlers for fishing company Variant
14:03 Forth Ports installs NORBIT survey system for the Forth and the Tay
13:21 DOF sells the vessel Skandi Møgster
12:39 ABB Ability™ Marine Pilot Vision looks beyond human vision for ship automation
12:16 Crowley provides ATB to deliver jet fuel from U.S. mainland to Puerto Rico
12:15 Throughput of Big Port St. Petersburg up 10% to 44.01 mln t in 10M’17
11:46 Navigation season at the main route of the Volga-Baltic Waterway is over (photo)
11:08 Hapag-Lloyd buys low carbon refrigerant containers from Maersk Container Industry
10:51 Bunker prices are flat at the Port of Saint-Petersburg, Russia (graph)
10:30 Brent Crude futures price up 0.13% to $62.30, Light Sweet Crude – up 0.12% to $56.49
10:07 Wagenborg Offshore chooses ULSTEIN PX121 design
09:44 Composit LLC supports “Hydraulic Engineering Structures of Water Transport” Congress as its Sponsor
09:21 Baltic Dry Index up to 1,396 points
09:07 OOCL introduces new containership OOCL Scandinavia
08:30 INEOS to deliver first ever US ethane from shale gas to China in 2019 using world’s largest ethane carrier
08:07 Further SharpEye™ order for Pakistan Navy Submarine upgrade
07:30 Ekofish Group builds twin-rigger at Damen Maaskant Shipyards Stellendam

2017 November 21

18:24 Navios Maritime Holdings reports 3Q, 9 months financial results
18:19 Philly Shipyard delivers fourth and final product tanker to Kinder Morgan
17:59 Major ASW ship Vice Admiral Kulakov enters Norwegian Sea
17:37 Sokhna World Zone project presented to investors in Dubai
17:23 Mathilde Maersk rescues stranded fishermen
17:12 Tuco and Sea Machines unveil remote controlled ProZero workboats