Apache Offshore Investment Partnership, a Delaware general partnership (the Investment Partnership), was formed on October 31, 1983, consisting of Apache Corporation, a Delaware corporation, (Apache or Managing Partner), as Managing Partner and public investors (the Investing Partners). The Investment Partnership invested its entire capital in Apache Offshore Petroleum Limited Partnership, a Delaware limited partnership (the Operating Partnership), of which Apache is the sole general partner and the Investment Partnership is the sole limited partner. The primary business of the Investment Partnership is to serve as the sole limited partner of the Operating Partnership. The primary business of the Operating Partnership is to conduct oil and gas development and production operations. The Operating Partnership conducts the operations of the Investment Partnership.
The Investing Partners purchased Units of Partnership Interests (Units) in the Investment Partnership at $150,000 per Unit, with five percent down and the balance in payments as called by the Investment Partnership. As of December 31, 2018, a total of $85,000 had been called for each Unit. In 1989, the Investment Partnership determined that the full $150,000 per Unit was not needed, fixed the total calls at $85,000 per Unit, and released the Investing Partners from liability for future calls. The Investment Partnership invested, and will continue to invest, its entire capital in the Operating Partnership. As used hereafter, the term "Partnership" refers to either the Investment Partnership or the Operating Partnership, as the case may be.
The Partnership's business is participation in oil and gas development and production activities on federal lease tracts in the Gulf of Mexico, offshore Louisiana and Texas. Except for an additional interest acquired in Matagorda Island Block 681 and 682 in 1992, the Partnership acquired its oil and gas interests through the purchase of 85 percent of the working interests held by Apache as a participant in a venture (the Venture) with Shell Oil Company (Shell) and certain other companies. The Venture acquired substantially all of its oil and gas properties through bidding for leases offered by the federal government, and relied on Shell's knowledge and expertise in determining bidding strategies and development of the properties. The Partnership owned working interests ranging from 6.29 percent to 7.08 percent in the Venture's properties.