The Gulf of Mexico (GOM) has gone through many waves of exploration and development, each time reinventing and pushing the boundaries. Finally, the realization of crossing boundaries and combining United States and Mexico GOM into "One GOM" commercially and technically is within reach. One GOM resource base - discovered remaining to be produced and prospective - is reaching 50 billion barrels of oil equivalent (BBOE). New plays in the U.S. GOM and the opening of the Mexican GOM, coupled with innovative technological and commercial models and increasing interest from the investment community, are poised to drive value and keep this resource base and production growing further.

This manuscript sets the stage for the panel discussion scheduled for 9.30am to 12.00pm, Thursday, May 3, 2018 at the Offshore Technology Conference (OTC). The panelists are oil company executives representing small to large independents and integrated oil companies along with service providers as follows:

Tim Duncan, President and CEO, Talos Energy LLC

Bjorn Inge Braathen, SVP Exploration, Statoil

Niall McCormack, Vice President Exploration, BHP Billiton Petroleum

Martin Stauble, Vice President Exploration, Shell

Lorna Campbell, Mexico Exploration Manager, ExxonMobil

Mark Cizek, Vice President, Williams

Stein Rasmussen, Chief Strategy Officer, SBM Offshore

Sandeep Khurana, Sr. Manager, Granherne (A KBR Company) and

Julie Wilson, Director, Wood Mackenzie

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