The Gulf of Mexico -- all parts of it -- continues to be the big target for U.S. exploration companies, and this month's EXPLORER takes its annual look at some of the stories that prove the point. Our cover features several Gulf scenes, led by the deep water drillship Discoverer Enterprise (photo by Mieko Mahi, courtesy of Transocean Sedco Forex). Other views, from top, are of the Ursa tension leg platform (courtesy of Shell E&P); West Delta activity (photo by Bob Compton); South Pass activity (courtesy of Geco-Prakla); and, again, West Delta.
Vice President Candidates Respond
Candidates for AAPG office have been given the opportunity to respond briefly to the subject: "Why I Accepted the Invitation to be a Candidate for AAPG Office."
GOM Deep Water + Subsalt Plays The Promise of the Best of Both Worlds
Deep water and subsalt plays are the two hottest exploration frontiers in the Gulf of Mexico and searching for structures below the salt in waters thousands of feet deep is the most exciting play with the greatest potential for reward vs. the risk.
GOM Thriving On New Technology
There's a Big Incentive to Go Deep
The Gulf of Mexico's "Dead Sea" 10-year reputation appears to be falling. For the first time, more than 50 percent of the Gulf's oil production and 20 percent of its natural gas production was from deep water fields - a 2,800 percent increase in oil production and a 3,500 percent boost in gas production from deep water.
Boundary Treaty 22 Years in the Making
Data Ready When Gap Close
Seismic companies are showing considerable interest in pursuing data acquisition in the "western gap" now that boundaries are defined. The signing of the treaty between the U.S. andMexico is already redefining priorities in Gulf of Mexico exploration.
Older Fields Continue to Add Reserves
Shelf's Gifts Just Keep on Giving
An increasing number of companies and individuals in the domestic oil and gas industry consider the heavily-drilled GOM shelf to hold little promise for the future, particularly its vast array of aging fields. However, by looking at the past, Richard Nehring, president of NRG Associates, paints a more compelling picture. He will present his findings at the upcoming GCAGS annual meeting in Houston.
Playing in the Traffic
Shelf Shoot a Logistics Challenge
Shipping lanes enhance the challenge of this 3-D seismic shoot at the South Pass of the Missippi River's mouth.