Well Producibility Determinations

This Notice to Lessees and Operators (NTL) provides information on requests for determination of well producibility for wells drilled on leases in the Outer Continental Shelf (OCS), Gulf of Mexico Region (GOMR). This NTL replaces NTL No. 2007-G05.

The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) does not require you to request a determination of well producibility; a request is optional. If you choose to submit a request for a determination of well producibility, you must follow the procedures set out in either 30 CFR 550.115 or 550.116.

There are benefits to receiving BOEM's positive determination of well producibility. BOEM's determination of well producibility is required by the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) if you apply to BSEE for a suspension under 30 CFR 250.171. Also, for any lease issued before lease OCS G-22500 (Lease Sale 178), a determination of well producibility changes the status of a lease from rental to minimum royalty. For lease OCS G-22500 and all leases subsequently issued, a determination of well producibility does not change the status of the lease from rental to minimum royalty, but the due date for rentals is moved from the beginning to the end of the lease year.

This Regulatory Alert was prepared by InterAct, an Acteon company, to advise our clients of impending deadlines and applicable regulatory requirements. No official agency policy is implied.

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