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US OCS Upstream Fiscal and Regulatory Report - Next Steps on 2017-2022 Lease Sale Program Expected in 2016

Summary

“US OCS Upstream Fiscal and Regulatory Report - Next Steps on 2017-2022 Lease Sale Program Expected in 2016”, GlobalData’s latest release, presents the essential information relating to the terms which govern investment into the US Outer Continental Shelf (OCS)’s upstream oil and gas sector. The report sets out in detail the contractual framework under which firms must operate in the industry, clearly defining factors affecting profitability and quantifying the state’s take from hydrocarbon production. Considering political, economic and industry specific variables, the report also analyses future trends for the US OCS’s upstream oil and gas investment climate.

Scope

- Overview of current fiscal terms governing upstream oil and gas operations in the US OCS
- Detail on legal framework and governing bodies administering the industry
- Levels of upfront payments and taxation applicable to oil and gas production
- Explanation of the royalty relief programs available to operators in certain areas
- Assessment of the current fiscal regime’s attractiveness to investors
- Outlook on future of fiscal and regulatory terms in the US OCS

Reasons to buy

- Understand the complex regulations and contractual requirements applicable to the US OCS’s upstream oil and gas sector
- Evaluate factors determining profit levels in the industry
- Identify potential regulatory issues facing investors in the country’s upstream sector
- Utilize considered insight on future trends to inform decision-making

Table Of Contents

US OCS Upstream Fiscal and Regulatory Report - Next Steps on 2017-2022 Lease Sale Program Expected in 2016
1 Table of Contents
1 Table of Contents 1
1.1 List of Tables 2
1.2 List of Figures 2
2 Regime Overview 3
3 Fiscal Take Assessment 5
4 Key Fiscal Terms 6
4.1 Upfront Payments 6
4.1.1 Bonus 6
4.1.2 Rental 6
4.1.3 Royalty 7
4.2 Direct Taxation 10
4.2.1 Corporate Income Tax 10
4.2.2 Withholding Tax 10
4.2.3 Deductions and Depreciation 10
4.2.4 Depletion Allowance 11
5 Regulation and Licensing 12
5.1 Legal Framework 12
5.1.1 Governing Law 12
5.1.2 Contract Type 12
5.1.3 Title to Hydrocarbons 12
5.2 Institutional Framework 13
5.2.1 Licensing Authority 13
5.2.2 Regulatory Agencies 13
5.3 Licensing Process 13
5.3.1 Moratorium 14
5.4 License Terms 14
5.4.1 Duration 14
5.4.2 Exploration and Development Plans 14
6 Outlook 15
7 Contact Information 16

1.1 List of Tables
Table 1: Summary 3
Table 2: US OCS, Average Bonus Per Acre in Latest Lease Sale (US$), 2015 6
Table 3: US OCS, Gulf of Mexico Rental Rates ($ per acre) 6
Table 4: US OCS, Gulf of Mexico Rental Programs 6
Table 5: US OCS, Gulf of Mexico Royalty Rates (%) 7
Table 6: US OCS, Gulf of Mexico Deepwater Royalty Relief Volumes (mmboe) 7
Table 7: US OCS, Gulf of Mexico Deepwater Royalty Relief Price Thresholds, 1994-2015 8
Table 8: US OCS, Gulf of Mexico Shallow Water Deep Gas Royalty Relief Volumes (bcf) 8
Table 9: US OCS, Gulf of Mexico Shallow Water Deep Gas Royalty Relief Price Thresholds, 2000-2015 9
Table 10: US OCS, Alaska Royalty Suspension Volume (mmbbl) 9
Table 11: US OCS, Federal Corporate Income Tax Rate (%), 1993 onwards 10
Table 12: US OCS, 7-Year and 5-Year GDS Depreciation Rates (Half-Year Convention) (%) 11
Table 13: US OCS, Gulf of Mexico, Initial Period (years), 2015 14

1.2 List of Figures
Figure 1: Regime Flow Chart 4
Figure 2: US OCS, Indicative NPV10/boe, IRR and Fiscal Take Comparison - Internal, 2015 5
Figure 3: US OCS, Indicative NPV10/boe, IRR and Fiscal Take Comparison - Regional, 2015 5
Figure 4: US OCS, Legal Framework 12
Figure 5: US OCS, Institutional Framework 13

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