Western Gulf lease sale draws $110M in high bids, Conoco wins coveted block

|By:, SA News Editor

ConocoPhillips (COP +0.7%) beat out BP (BP -0.1%) to win one of the most contested tracts of today's western Gulf of Mexico lease sale, entering the event's highest apparent bid of $16.7M for Alaminos Canyon block 431.

However, BP easily submitted the most bids (32) and was the apparent high bidder on 27, totaling $22.8M, while BHP was next with 14 bids comprising $21,8M; Chevron (NYSE:CVX) submitted just five bids but tallied the highest sum of high bids, totaling $25.8M.

Shell (RDS.A, RDS.B) made just one offer in the sale, for territory near its Perdido developments; its $1.75M bid was enough to win Alaminos Canyon block 905, edging out the only other competitor, Stone Energy (NYSE:SGY).