In the US Central Gulf of Mexico Lease Sale 235, deepwater and ultra-deepwater tracts drew the most bids. Of the blocks in water depths 1,600 m (5,250 ft) or more, 64 drew bids totaling $334,974,279. For blocks in 900-1,600 m (2,953-5,250 ft), 36 drew bids totaling $192,099,011.
Of the 412 companies placing bids, the 10 most active companies and the number of bids from each was as follows: Shell Offshore Inc., 17; Statoil Gulf of Mexico LLC, 14; Venari Offshore LLC, 12; Chevron U.S.A. Inc., 11; Exxon Mobil Corp., 11; Houston Energy L.P., 10; BHP Billiton Petroleum (Deepwater) Inc., nine; Apache Shelf Exploration LLC, nine; Red Willow Offshore LLC, nine; and Anadarko US Offshore Corp., nine. There were a total of 195 bids.