LLOG Exploration Company, LLC, has announced that development drilling operations have begun at the Buckskin project in the deepwater Gulf of Mexico. Buckskin is located on Keathley Canyon blocks 785, 828, 829, 830, 871 and 872 in approximately 6,800 ft of water and was delineated by multiple prior wells. The initial phase of this large-scale, deepwater project will consist of two development wells in Keathley Canyon 829 and a 6-mi subsea tie-back to the Lucius platform at Keathley Canyon 875. Drilling and completion of the initial two wells, which will be drilled to approximately 29,000 ft, will be followed by installation of subsea facilities. First production from the field is expected in mid-2019. In order to fully develop the field, which is estimated to contain nearly 5 Bbbl of oil in-place, additional wells and subsea facilities will be required after the initial phase.
Two affiliates of LLOG, Buckstone Development Company, LLC, and LLOG Deepwater Development Company I, LLC, own a combined 33.8% working interest in the Buckskin development, and LLOG Exploration Offshore, LLC, is operator of the project. Additional partners are Repsol E&P USA Inc. (22.5%), Beacon Offshore Energy Buckskin LLC (18.7%), Navitas Buckskin U.S., LLC (7.5%), and two entities managed by Ridgewood Energy Corporation, Ridgewood Buckskin, LLC, and ILX Prospect Buckskin, LLC, each of which owns 8.75%.