The Department of the Interior's Minerals Management Service (MMS) will offer for sale, to the public, this spring, additional natural gas royalty production from the Outer Continental Shelf. This initiative is a continuation of the royalty-in-kind (RIK) pilot programs MMS is pursuing to test the efficacy of taking royalties in kind as an alternative to the traditional cash basis for natural gas and crude oil royalty payments.
The MMS plans to expand the RIK pilot in the central Gulf
of Mexico to nearly double the amount of natural gas previously offered. MMS will offer royalty gas on two additional pipeline systems, the Bluewater
and Sea Robin systems, with about 200,000,000 cu. ft.per day. The gas will be offered for sale to the highest bidder at or near the lease.
The MMS also plans to again offer approximately 265,000,000 cu. ft. per day of royalty gas from properties connected to the Stingray, Pelican, High Island Offshore
, and Transco North High Island systems. Royalty gas from these properties is currently under contracts that expire on March 31, 2000. MMS will request bids for the gas produced at the platform in exchange for gas delivered to an onshore pool. The gas from this pilot will continue to be delivered to the General Services Administration for distribution to Government agencies and sale of any excess volumes.