Government, Oil Majors Discuss Royalties

Friday, June 23, 2006
Several major oil companies are apparently willing to discuss a change in their offshore-drilling leases that, because of a government error, could give the industry a $10 billion windfall, AP reported While some companies, such as Exxon Mobil, reportedly believe the lease contracts should be honored, others, including Shell, reportedly are open to a dialogue on the matter. The error in the 1998-99 lease contracts for deepwater drilling in the Gulf of Mexico could cost the government $10 billion in lost royalty payments given the current price of crude oil and natural gas, according to an analysis by the Government Accountability Office, Congress' auditing agency. The drilling-lease contracts, issued at a time when oil and gas prices were low, allowed leaseholders to avoid royalty payments as a way to spur drilling in the deep waters of the Gulf. But they also were supposed to have language that the royalty relief would end if oil prices exceeded a certain level. That language was omitted from the leases. Since then, prices have soared to more than double what had traditionally been the royalty trigger. (Source: AP)
Maritime Reporter October 2015 Digital Edition
FREE Maritime Reporter Subscription
Latest Maritime News    rss feeds


Thordon’s COMPAC for US’ Largest Containerships

Thordon Bearings has signed a contract to supply COMPAC seawater-lubricated propeller shaft bearing solutions to two Jones Act containerships under construction at the Aker Philadelphia Shipyard Inc.

SAAM SMIT Towage Orders Damen ASD Tug

SAAM SMIT Towage, a joint venture between SAAM S.A. of Chile and Dutch company Royal Boskalis Westminster N.V., has signed a contract for the purchase of a Damen Tug 2913 for delivery in early 2016,

New Research Vessel for Virginia Institute of Marine Science

JMS Naval Architects will complete the Contract Design Package next month of a 93-foot research vessel for Virginia Institute of Marine Science to replace its current research vessel, Bay Eagle.


USCG, RCAF to Conduct Joint Training

The crew of Coast Guard Air Station Traverse City is hosting an international joint search-and-rescue exercise with members of the Royal Canadian Air Force beginning

Ocean Installer in BP frame deal

Ocean Installer has been awarded a Regional Framework Agreement with BP for subsea work in the Gulf of Mexico region.   The agreement covers subsea fabrication,

Ulstein Debuts DP Construction Vessel

With the ULSTEIN S182 design, ULSTEIN introduces a new dynamically positioned multipurpose construction vessel suitable for shallow water operations. Main design

Maritime Careers / Shipboard Positions Navigation Offshore Oil Pipelines Port Authority Salvage Ship Simulators Shipbuilding / Vessel Construction Sonar Winch
rss | archive | history | articles | privacy | contributors | top maritime news | about us | copyright | maritime magazines
maritime security news | shipbuilding news | maritime industry | shipping news | maritime reporting | workboats news | ship design | maritime business

Time taken: 0.1305 sec (8 req/sec)