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Gulf Coast region overview

Gulf Coast region overview

Report summary

The Gulf Coast is home to three of the most prolific and important shale plays in the US Lower 48: the Eagle Ford, Haynesville, and Barnett. Once a predominantly gas-focused region, the Gulf Coast has gained prominence for tight oil through the rise of the Eagle Ford Shale, which garners more capital than any other onshore Lower 48 play. Despite the collapse in commodity prices, some areas in the Gulf Coast continue to offer strong economics due to the region's close proximity to hubs, established infrastructure, and limited regulation. Operators in both the Eagle Ford and Haynesville have further enhanced economics through high-grading acreage positions, deploying longer laterals, and utilising enhanced completions.

This Upstream Summary report provides an overview of the key upstream issues and trends across the Gulf Coast region. It offers a detailed description of reserves, production, economics, infrastructure and fiscal terms for the Gulf Coast region and individual basins.

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  • Gulf Coast region overview PDF - 241.28 KB 2 Pages, 0 Tables, 0 Figures
  • Gulf Coast Region Overview - May 2016.pdf PDF - 6.68 MB
  • US Gulf Coast Basin Report - May 2016.xls XLS - 1.29 MB


Volatility in oil markets has led players in the upstream oil and gas industry to focus on reducing capital spend and operating costs. At the same time, governments need to review fiscal terms to maintain attractiveness and investment.

This country report gives an overview of the key upstream issues for this country. If you’re interested in identifying and assessing upstream investment and expansion opportunities, this upstream summary is your definitive commercial guide.

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  • Executive summary
  • Summary and key issues
    • Region overview
      • Charts and tables analysing production, spend, economics and infrastructure within the Gulf Coast, in addition to how the region compares to the rest of the Lower 48
    • Basin overviews
      • Individual basin reference guides including production, spend, economics and key trends for each of the five Gulf Coast basins covered by Wood Mackenzie
    • Policy, Regulation, Fiscal Terms and Taxes
      • Summary of the regulatory bodies, fiscal terms, royalties and taxes relevant to the Gulf Coast region
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