Eastern Gulf of Mexico Offshore Oil and Gas Exploration Overview

Eastern Gulf of Mexico
Offshore Oil and Gas
Exploration Overview
Coast Guard International offshore
Drill Response Plan
Eastern Gulf of Mexico
O&G Development
Future exploration work in the Eastern U.S. Gulf of Mexico
and the Bahamas, will help validate Cuba’s NW Gulf of
Mexico and Eastern Gap hydrocarbon potential
Cuba Offshore Leases
initial Area of Operations
Location: SW corner of Block 27
~ 16 NM from Cuba
~ 28 NM to US EEZ
~ 80 NM to Florida Keys
~ 5,800 ft water depth
~ 75,000 bbls/day WCD
Scarabeo 9 Characteristics
…Frigstad D90 Norwegian design
“tailor made” sixth-generation semi-submersible
Scarabeo 9
• Flag State - Bahamas
• Classification Society - DNV
• Weight - 54,455 MT
• Water depth (max) - 12,000 ft
• Drilling depth (max) - 15,000 ft
• Max wind velocity- 100 knots
• Max wave height - 95 ft
• Total capacity- 220 personnel
• Dynamic Positioning using eight
4.3 MW azimuth thrusters
• Cost for Operation ~ $400K/day
Contingency Planning
• Cuban Govt indicating U.S. safety
& response standards baseline for
all drillers
• Driller organic response for minor
• Major events require international
• Oil Spill Response Limited, UK
OSRO, including well containment
• Clean Caribbean and Americas Inc.
(CCA) & National Response
Corporation (U.S. OSROs) licensed
to respond
Branch Jacksonville
Near Shore Recovery
Group Operations
(TACON of Sector/Branch)
Branch St. Pete
Offshore Recovery Group
(TACON of District/AUC)
Unified Area Branch Miami
Near Shore Recovery
Lines of Communications
Near Shore Recovery
Branch Key West
Near Shore Recovery
Recovery Branch Director
Offshore Operations
Section Chief
Offshore Response Plan
Creates command structure to direct offshore
activities including:
• Dispersant & in situ burn ops
• Physical recovery ops
• OSRO ops coordination
• Air ops coordination
• Control of Commercial/Recreational vessel
movements and decontamination
• Communications plan
• International engagement
Offshore Response Plan
• Augments existing Regional and Area
Contingency Plans
• Incorporates lessons learned from DWH
• Utilizes ICS concepts
• Engagement with other Federal Agencies
(approx 16), State & Local Govts, NGOs,
and commercial industry
• RCP/ACPs also being updated with new
response plans & DWH information

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