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$1.34. Value of proved reserves created in 2013 for each $1 spent by Gulf of Mexico oil developer EPL Oil & Gas (NYSE: EPL).

The company’s new reserves figures show a very satisfying 34% return on investment from its capital spending last year on drilling, acquisitions and development. A much higher figure than those being put in by other firms in the U.S. petroleum space.

Such returns on investment are beating even hot onshore shale plays. In 2013, major shale player Chesapeake Energy (NYSE: CHK) generated $1.20 in proved reserves for every dollar spent.

The secret to EPL’s big performance? Operating in the low-cost Gulf of Mexico Shelf, where reduced expenses are helping E&Ps realize industry-leading success—even as investors look elsewhere.

Expect that focus to change as the big returns from GOM drilling continue.  

15.5%. Further to the news above—the percentage increase in operating costs for oil and gas developers in the U.K. offshore last year, according to recent reports from industry group Oil & Gas U.K.

This is a big jump in expenses for offshore drillers. With total opex in 2013 coming in at a total $14.8 billion.

Oil & Gas U.K. expects the trend to continue in 2014—projecting a further 8% rise in costs for the coming year.

That’s a significant bite…

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