BP plc said Wednesday it has ramped up production from the Manuel project in the deepwater Gulf of Mexico (GOM), with two new wells tied into the Na Kika platform.

The Mississippi Canyon project in Block 520, in which Royal Dutch Shell plc is a 50% partner, is the fourth of five projects set to be delivered worldwide by BP this year. Manuel, operated by BP, includes a subsea production system for the two wells.

“Manuel is exactly the type of high value project that is critical to growing our business here in the Gulf of Mexico,” said BP’s Starlee Sykes, senior vice president of GOM and Canada operations. The producer’s hydrocarbons business “is a key pillar of our strategy.”

BP is forecasting its GOM production will exceed 400,000 boe/d by the mid-2020s. In addition to Na Kika platform, BP operates the Thunder Horse, Atlantis and Mad Dog platforms in the U.S. deepwater. The Argos platform is scheduled to come online in 2022.

“Our disciplined investment in Manuel is part of our target to add 900,000 boe/d of production from new projects by the end of 2021,” said BP SVP Ewan Drummond, who oversees projects, production and operations. “The safe production of resilient hydrocarbons in the basins we know best is core to advancing our strategy to transform into an integrated energy company.”

Sweet Praline

In related news, LLOG Exploration Co. LLC said it has begun producing from the Praline field, also in Mississippi Canyon, in Block 74. 

Praline, with an estimated 125 net feet of hydrocarbons, was drilled in 2,600 feet of water to a total depth of 13,400 feet. The LLOG-operated well was completed last August and has since been tied back to the Talos Energy Inc. Pompano platform.

“Praline is the first of four tieback projects we expect to have online in the next year,” LLOG CEO Philip LeJeune said. “I am particularly proud that through the challenging year of 2020, our Praline field partners and Talos, our host platform partner, were able to continue with the Praline development and safely deliver a project that is more than 20% under budget.”

LLOG, an active participant in federal offshore lease sales, holds a 27.25% working interest in Praline. Partners in the well include entities managed by Ridgewood Energy Corp., including ILX Holdings LLC, Red Willow Offshore LLC, Houston Energy LP and CL&F Offshore LLC.