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Statoil awarded 13 leases in US Gulf of Mexico

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Statoil successfully bid on 13 leases in the US Department of the Interior’s central region Gulf of Mexico lease sale 247, which took place on 22 March. The company was the high bidder on all but two of the leases targeted, securing a stake in all of its main priorities.

“We are very pleased with the results. The leases awarded reinforce Statoil’s exploration strategy of securing prospective acreage, while taking advantage of the cycle to access these leases at favourable rates in the US Gulf of Mexico,” says Tore Løseth, head of exploration in the US and Mexico.

Participation in the lease sale marks a reset of Statoil’s exploration in the US Gulf of Mexico.

“The results today are the fruits from taking sufficient time to review lessons from our past exploration campaign, and from thoroughly strengthening our regional subsurface understanding of this area,” says Løseth.

“We continue to believe in the potential of the Gulf of Mexico. Our participation in the lease sale is part of a targeted, step-wise approach to test our play concepts in the area.”

Statoil’s high bids are subject to review and final approval by the authorities.

Since re-entering the US Gulf of Mexico in 2004, Statoil has built a significant position offshore with ownership share in six producing fields, two projects under development and one project in the definition phase.

Production from Statoil’s US offshore portfolio averaged ~60 000 bpd in 2016 and is expected to nearly double by 2020 making Statoil a top-5 producer from deepwater Gulf of Mexico.


Overview of leases awarded:


AreaBlock% InterestGross Bonus (US$)
WR5510021 237 976
WR1451003 618 976
WR18910011 124 976
WR316100582 976
WR443100955 976
WR487100591 976
WR617100613 976
WR661100669 976
GB919100968 976
KC6121001 661 976
KC656100698 976
KC6571001 231 976


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