BP plc said it has struck oil at the Puma West prospect offshore Louisiana near its Mad Dog platform in the deepwater Gulf of Mexico (GOM). 

The well in Green Canyon Block 821 was drilled by BP, operator and owner of the block, on behalf of co-owners Chevron U.S.A. Inc. and Talos Energy Inc., each with a 25% stake.

The well, west of the BP-operated Mad Dog field and platform, is 131 miles off the Louisiana coast in 4,108 feet of water. Total depth for the well is 23,530 feet. 

“Our resilient and focused hydrocarbons business is core to BP’s strategy, and in the Gulf of Mexico we invest and explore in the reservoirs we know best,” said Senior Vice President Starlee Sykes, who oversees Gulf of Mexico and Canada operations.

“We are using our seismic expertise and...