DEEPWATER GULF DECOMMISSIONING–4 (Conclusion): Pace of decommissioning to accelerate over next decade

Mark J. Kaiser Louisiana State University Baton Rouge Mingming Liu China University of Petroleum Bejing This final installment of our four-part series examining end-of-life production in the deepwater Gulf of Mexico (GOM) applies three forecast models to infer expected short, medium, and long-term decommissioning schedules for all GOM structures that sit in water deeper than 400 ft (Fig. 1). Previously, we looked at deepwater decommissioning activity (OGJ, Feb. 3, 2014, p. 60), GOM well and structure inventories (OGJ, Mar. 3, 2014, p. 76), and the revenue and lease status of structures (OGJ, Apr. 7, 2014 p. 92). Lease status is used to infer decommissioning activity over the next 3 years...

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