Field/project development

LLOG Sees First Oil From Praline Field

The discovery in the US Gulf of Mexico was tied back through a single well completion to existing infrastructure.

Praline is the first of four Gulf of Mexico tieback projects slated for LLOG in the next year.

LLOG Exploration has started production from the Praline field in Mississippi Canyon Block 74 of the US Gulf of Mexico. The Praline subsalt well was drilled in 2,600 ft of water to a total depth of 13,400 ft and encountered over 125 ft of net Pliocene-aged hydrocarbons.

The well was originally drilled in the spring of 2017 but was completed in August 2020 and has been tied back to the Talos Energy-operated Pompano platform in nearby Viosca Knoll Block 989 in 1,290 ft of water. LLOG operates Praline with a 27.25% working interest. Partners in the field are entities managed by Ridgewood Energy, including ILX Holdings, Red Willow Offshore, Houston Energy, and CL&F Offshore.

The Praline development was delivered more than 20% under budget, according to the operator.

“We are pleased to announce first oil from our Praline field, our first pipe-in-pipe tieback, and the continued successful development of our high-quality prospect inventory,” said Philip LeJeune, LLOG’s president and chief executive officer. “Praline is the first of four tieback projects we expect to have online in the next year.”

Other projects targeted for short term startups include the Taggart development in Mississippi Canyon Block 816 and Spruance in Ewing Bank Blocks 877 and 921. Both are planned subsea tiebacks to existing infrastructure with first production slated in 2022.