Eni starts oil production at Appaloosa in the deepwaters of the US Gulf of Mexico

By Phaedra Friend Troy

Italian major Eni (NYSE:E) has begun production from its Appaloosa oil field in the deepwaters of the US Gulf of Mexico.

Appaloosa was developed as a subsea tieback to the Corral Platform, which is also operated by Eni. The single production well, tied to the platform via a 20-mile flowline, is producing at a rate of 7,000 barrels of oil equivalent a day.

Located within the Greater Longhorn area in the Mississippi Canyon 459 Federal Unit, which includes Mississippi Canyon Blocks 459 and 460, as well as portions of 503 and 504, Appaloosa is situated in waters measuring 2,500 feet deep about 60 miles offshore Louisiana.

Wholly owned and operated by Eni, Appaloosa is the second field to begin production using the Corral Platform, which is now processing 46,600 gross barrels of oil equivalent a day, of which 33,000 are net to Eni. The Longhorn field also produces through the Corral Platform.

This is the second field to come online for Eni in the US, following the production start of the Nikaitchuq field in Alaska. Eni holds interest in 333 blocks in the US Gulf of Mexico, 411 leases in the Barnett Shale in Texas, and 140 leases in Alaska.

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