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LLOG Starts Production at Buckskin Project

Anadarko Petroleum
Part of the deepwater Buckskin project consists of a 6-mile subsea tieback to Anadarko’s Lucius spar.

LLOG has started production from the Buckskin project in the deepwater US Gulf of Mexico (GOM).

Located approximately in 6,900-ft water depth 190 miles southeast of Houston, Buckskin covers six lease blocks (785, 828, 829, 830, 871, and 872) in the Keathley Canyon region of the GOM. Once fully established, Phase 1 production is expected to reach 30,000 BOPD. The field contains an estimated 5 billion bbl of oil in place.

LLOG will operate the field and holds a 33.8% working interest. Repsol, Beacon Offshore, Navitas, and Ridgewood Energy also hold ownership interests. LLOG and Repsol signed an asset exchange and joint participation agreement earlier this year to develop deepwater offshore GOM assets, many of which are in close proximity to the same Lower Tertiary formation where Buckskin was discovered. LLOG took over as operator of the field from Repsol in January 2017.

“The initiation of production at Buckskin marks a significant milestone for LLOG considering the scope of the field and its position as our first deepwater development in the Lower Tertiary Trend,” LLOG President and CEO Philip LeJeune said. “LLOG is looking forward to developing future phases of the project.”

Phase 1 consists of two wells on Keathley Canyon 829 and a 6-mile tieback to Anadarko’s Lucius platform at Keathley Canyon 875. LLOG drilled and completed the initial two wells in 2018, and the installation of subsea facilities to complete the tieback took place earlier this year. 

LLOG has brought on six new deepwater wells in 2019—two at Buckskin plus additional wells at Who Dat, Red Zinger, and Mandy—and has plans to bring online two more wells at the Stonefly development in December. In addition, the operator has signed a production-handling agreement to develop its Praline discovery via tieback to the Pompano platform in Mississippi Canyon 29. First production at Praline is expected in 2020.

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