The genesis of exploring this project is traced back to 1998 when KC Offshore conducted a hazard survey in Macondo to establish its viability. Later on, in 2003, Fugro Geoservices collected seismic data on the region, which revealed its potential for oil and gas. This prompted BP to buy the mineral right to explore oil in the project by biding with the Minerals Management Services (MMS) in 2008. BP America got permission to proceed with the mapping of the block, which later on received approval from the (MMS) to undertake the Macondo project in 2009 (Read 52).