Study tabulates idle Gulf of Mexico structures

Baton RougeA study of idle oil and gas structures in the Gulf of Mexico has found that at yearend 2003, the gulf had 2,175 active structures, 1,227 idle structures, and 505 auxiliary structures.US federal regulations require that operating companies clear all structures on Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) offshore oil and gas leases within 1 year after production on the lease ceases. Recently, the US Minerals Management Service (MMS) has encouraged companies to remove in a timely manner idle structures from leases no longer on production. Gulf of MexicoThe US OCS in the gulf is the most extensively developed and mature offshore petroleum province in the world. Companies have drilled more tha...

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