Empirical Analysis of the OCS Pipeline Network in the Gulf of Mexico

Mark Kaiser. Funded by BOEM. Project Funding: $219,678

Offshore pipelines serve a critical role in linking offshore oil and gas production with onshore demand centers. The pipeline network in the Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) Gulf of Mexico (GOM) is the largest and most complex offshore pipeline system in the world. Despite the importance of the pipeline network to oil and gas activity in the GOM, there are no comprehensive public reports on OCS pipeline statistics, few analyses on activity data and trends, and no models that quantify and improve our understanding of OCS pipeline landfalls and the usable life of the system. The result is a network that is poorly documented with major information gaps.

The proposed study seeks to address these information gaps by providing empirical analysis of activity data of OCS pipeline infrastructure, developing mechanistic models of pipeline requirements in offshore development and their coastal transition points, examining the usable life of the system, and analyzing the cost of construction and OCS pipeline tariffs.