Buckskin goes online in the deepwater Gulf of Mexico

June 25, 2019

Offshore staff

COVINGTON, LouisianaLLOG Exploration Co., L.L.C. has started production from the Buckskin project in the deepwater Gulf of Mexico.

Buckskin is on Keathley Canyon blocks 785, 828, 829, 830, 871, and 872 in about 6,800 ft (2,073 m) of water. The initial phase consists of two wells on Keathley Canyon block 829 and a 6-mi (10-km) subsea tieback to the Lucius platform at Keathley Canyon block 875.

Drilling and completion of the initial two wells, which were drilled to about 29,000 ft (8,839 m), occurred in 2018.  Installation of subsea facilities to complete the tieback occurred in 2019.  The drilling, completion, and subsea installation were completed ahead of schedule and on budget, LLOG said.

The phase one production rate is expected to reach 30,000 gross b/d of oil. Additional phases of development will be required to fully develop the field, which is estimated to contain nearly 5 Bbbl of oil in place.

LLOG Exploration is the operator of the field and LLOG affiliate companies own a 33.8% working interest in the Buckskin development.  Additional partners in the field are Repsol E&P USA Inc. (22.5%), Beacon Offshore Energy Buckskin LLC (18.7%), Navitas Buckskin US, LLC (7.5%), and Ridgewood Energy 1 (17.50%.).

Philip LeJeune, LLOG’s president and CEO, said Buckskin is the company’s first deepwater development in the Lower Tertiary trend. 

He added that later this month the company will spud a delineation well at the Leon discovery.

To date in 2019, the company has brought onstream six new deepwater wells, with the two wells at Buckskin, and additional wells at Who Dat, Red Zinger, and Mandy.  Two wells are forecasted to be brought online in December at the Stonefly development for a total of eight new production wells in 2019.

Also, it has spudded an exploration well as operator at its Spruance prospect on Ewing Banks block 877 with partners Red Willow Offshore LLC, Houston Energy Inc., and EnVen Energy Corp.  Spruance is a subsalt prospect in 1,600 ft (488 m) of water.

Finally, the company has signed a production handling agreement to develop its Praline discovery via a tieback to the Pompano platform on Mississippi Canyon block 29. Praline is a Pliocene-aged subsalt oil discovery located on Mississippi Canyon block 74. The well is scheduled to be completed in 4Q 2019 with first production expected in 2020. 

LLOG is the operator and its partners are Ridgewood Energy 1, Red Willow Offshore LLC, Houston Energy Deepwater Ventures XII, CL&F Offshore LLC, and Beacon Offshore Energy.