SPECIAL REPORT: Independence Hub nears production from eastern Gulf of Mexico leases

Gas production from the eastern Gulf of Mexico will start in 2007 from 10 deepwater fields tied into a floating central processing facility, Independence Hub, moored in about 8,000 ft of water.Five of these fields are on leases acquired during Lease Sale 181 in December 2001. The sale was controversial and was reduced in size by nearly 75% because of environmental concerns in Florida (OGJ, Dec. 17, 2001, p. 32). Currently various federal legislative proposals seek to lease the acreage removed in 2001 (OGJ, Oct. 9, 2006, p. 27). Click here to enlarge imageFig. 1 shows the distances to shore for the blocks in the original lease sale.Independence Hub ties together multiple deepwater gas fie...

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