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U.S. Gulf of Mexico: Discoveries and Project Execution Tell a Productive Story

Gulf of Mexico

On Feb. 15, 2018, we announced an executed agreement to sell our deepwater Gulf of Mexico assets. The transaction is expected to close in the second quarter of 2018.

Three recent projects in the Middle Miocene system of the deepwater Gulf of Mexico almost doubled our production in 2016 compared to just a year earlier: Big Bend and Dantzler began producing in late 2015, and Gunflint came on line in mid-2016.

The U.S. Gulf of Mexico has been a part of the Noble Energy story for nearly half a century. When we acquired our first offshore block in 1968, we were one of the first independent producers to explore the area. We moved into deepwater U.S. Gulf of Mexico 20 years ago, making our first deepwater discovery there in 2001 followed by first production in 2005. Between 2006 and 2014, we made nine deepwater Gulf of Mexico discoveries. 

With eight producing fields today, our Gulf of Mexico operations are major exploration and project execution success stories, with potential for even more in the future.

We also operate two deepwater production platforms offshore the Gulf of Mexico: Thunder Hawk and the Neptune Spar.

Our production in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico is currently about 85 percent oil and 10 percent natural gas, with the remainder natural gas liquids.







Gulf of Mexico Assets
Net Acreage (YE 2016) 243,000
Producing Fields 8
Average Net Production (2016) 30 MBoe/d
Total Proved Reserves (YE 2016) 31 MMboe


Rebuilding a Lifeline Highway

For the south Louisianans who work in Port Fourchon on the Mississippi delta, state highway LA 1 is a concrete lifeline. The four-lane road connects them to inland towns, the nearest U.S. highway, New Orleans and the world. 

Port Fourchon is also the southernmost port serving the central Gulf of Mexico. Equipment, supplies and workers that funnel through Port Fourchon support 95 percent of the oil and natural gas operations in the Gulf, including Noble Energy’s operations.

"We want to make sure the LA 1 lifeline is secure for the community’s benefit, for our benefit, and for the industry’s benefit,” said Hodge Walker, Noble Energy Vice President of Gulf of Mexico and West Africa. Learn more.

LA1 Highway Improvement Project
 State Highway LA 1 is a concrete lifeline for people who work in Port Fourchon 



Noble Energy employees are leading workshops, organized by the National Energy Education Development Project (NEED), that equip teachers with the knowledge and tools they need to teach balanced energy programs to students in schools along the Gulf Coast.