After a two-year suspension from bidding on Gulf of Mexico offshore drilling leases, BP (NYSE: BP ) reentered the market by submitting 31 bids and winning 24 tracts for a total price of $41.6 million. Eleven of the tracts are in the Mississippian Canyon, close to site of 2010's Macondo accident off the coast of Louisiana and Alabama, where the company has a familiarity with the geological formation. Although commercial production from the recent bids is not likely for several years, the resource potential, existing infrastructure, and limited geopolitical risks make the Gulf of Mexico an attractive, long-term commitment for the lean BP.
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