Offshore Field Development Projects
Lucius Lucius
Operator:Anadarko
Water Depth:2,172 m / 7,168 ft
Region:N. America - US GOM
Country:US
Last Updated:Jul 11, 2014    (view update history)
Project Description
Located in the deepwater Gulf of Mexico on Keathley Canyon Blocks 874, 875, 918 and 919 (Lease OCS-G-21444) in a water depth of 7,126 feet (2,172 meters) is the Lucius oil and gas field. Acquired by Anadarko, formerly Kerr-McGee, at the Western GOM Lease Sale No. 174 in 2005, the company holds a 27.8% interest in the field. Co-owners in the discovery include Plains Exploration & Production PEP 23.33%; Apache 11.7%; ExxonMobil 15%; Petrobras 9.6%; Teikoku Oil 7.2%; and Eni 5.4%.

A discovery was made at the Lucius prospect in December 2009. The discovery well encountered more than 200 feet (61 meters) of net pay in subsalt Pliocene and Miocene sands. Lucius was drilled to a total depth of about 20,000 feet (610 meters) by the ENSCO 8500 semisub.

A sidetrack appraisal ...
Located in the deepwater Gulf of Mexico on Keathley Canyon Blocks 874, 875, 918 and 919 (Lease OCS-G-21444) in a water depth of 7,126 feet (2,172 meters) is the Lucius oil and gas field. Acquired by Anadarko, formerly Kerr-McGee, at the Western GOM Lease Sale No. 174 in 2005, the company holds a 27.8% interest in the field. Co-owners in the discovery include Plains Exploration & Production PEP 23.33%; Apache 11.7%; ExxonMobil 15%; Petrobras 9.6%; Teikoku Oil 7.2%; and Eni 5.4%.

A discovery was made at the Lucius prospect in December 2009. The discovery well encountered more than 200 feet (61 meters) of net pay in subsalt Pliocene and Miocene sands. Lucius was drilled to a total depth of about 20,000 feet (610 meters) by the ENSCO 8500 semisub.

A sidetrack appraisal well was then drilled in January 2010, encountering almost 600 net feet (183 meters) of high quality oil pay with additional gas-condensate pay in thick subsalt sands. Drilled as an up-dip sidetrack roughly 3,200 feet (975 meters) south of the discovery well, the appraisal well reached a total depth of 20,600 feet (6,279 meters) in 7,100 feet (2,165 meters) of water.

Field Development

Anadarko sanctioned the development on Dec. 15, 2011. The development plan calls for six producing wells connecting to a 23,000 ton spar with a production capacity of 80,000 bopd and 450 MMcf/d of natural gas.

The Lucius truss spar hull will be installed in a water depth of 2,165 metres (7,100 feet). The spar is currently being constructed at Technip’s facility in Pori, Finland. Drilling will begin in 2012 with first production slated for 2014.

Contract Awards

A Letter of Intent was issued to Technip for the engineering, construction and transport of a 23,000-ton Truss Spar. Technip will begin preliminary work on the project including purchase of long-lead items for the hull.

In 2012, Anadarko awarded FMC Technologies a contract to provide subsea systems and life-of-field services for the Lucius project. FMC’s scope of supply includes five subsea production trees and two manifolds, with delivery slated for 4Q 2012.

Anadarko then granted Aker Solutions a contract for eight steel tube umbilicals for the Lucius field in the GOM. The scope of work includes project management, design, engineering, and manufacturing of two electro/hydraulic dynamic production umbilicals, two gas lift dynamic umbilicals, three electro/hydraulic infield umbilicals and one gas lift infield umbilical, including all associated ancillary equipment required for installation and interface with the existing development.

Activities
Status Updates
Apache Divests Lucius, Heidelberg and Other GOM Interests
Type: Acreage Acquisition

May. 2014 - Apache's U.S. Gulf of Mexico subsidiary elected to sell off its minority interest in the Lucius and Heidelberg developments to a subsidiary of Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold Inc. for $1.4 billion. The deal also includes 11 primary term deepwater exploration blocks. Apache combined its deepwater and shelf technical teams in an effort to focus on subsalt and exploration opportunities in water less than 1,000 feet deep. Apache is divesting an 11.7% interest in Lucius and a 12.5% interest in Heidelberg. Its interest in the 11 primary term blocks range from 16.67% to 60%. The transaction is subject to customary closing conditions and is expected to close by June 30. None of Apache's producing operations are involved in the sale.

Teikoku Oil Acquires Lucius Stake
Type: Acreage Acquisition

Aug. 2012 - Inpex Corporation announced that through its subsidiary, Teikoku Oil, it has agreed to acquire a 7.2 percent participating interest in the Lucius project which includes portions of Keathley Canyon blocks 874, 875, 918 and 919 in the deepwater of the U.S. Gulf of Mexico, from a subsidiary of Anadarko Petroleum Corporation. After the joint venture agreement is finalized, the Lucius project will continue to be operated by Anadarko with a 27.8% participating interest, with the following companies participating: Plains (23.331%), Exxon Mobil (15%), Apache (11.669%), Petrobras (9.6%), Inpex (7.2 %) and Eni (5.4%). Anadarko and co-ventures made a Final Investment Decision (FID) to develop this project in December 2011, and the first production of crude oil and natural gas is expected to start in the latter half of 2014. Crude oil and natural gas pumped from the Lucius project will be processed with a truss spar floating facility with the capacity to produce in excess of 80,000 bopd and 450 MMcf/d. Processed crude oil and natural gas will then be exported to onshore facilities in Louisiana via a subsea pipeline.

McDermott to Deliver New Junction Facilities for GOM
Type: Contract Award

Aug. 2012 - McDermott has received a contract by the Discovery system for offshore facilities in the Gulf of Mexico. The project is to deliver new junction facilities for Discovery's Keathley Canyon connector pipeline system with a 3,300-ton, four-leg platform in 350 feet (107 meters) of water. The unmanned platform will provide pipeline junction facilities for incoming deepwater pipelines from the Hadrian South and Lucius fields and four outgoing shallow-water pipelines to shore. Fabrication is expected to commence this summer in Louisiana with offshore installation commencing in 3Q2013.

Anadarko Enters Capital Carry Deal for Lucius
Type: Status Update

Jul. 2012 - Anadarko Petroleum has signed a definitive agreement with an undisclosed party to enter into a joint-venture capital carry arrangement for Anadarko's ownership in the Gulf of Mexico Lucius development project. Under the terms of the agreement, Anadarko will be carried for $556 million, which is estimated to represent 100 percent of its expected capital obligation through the anticipated date of first production at Lucius. In exchange, Anadarko will convey a 7.2-percent working interest in the Lucius development and will continue as operator with a 27.8-percent working interest.

Technip to Install Lucius Subsea Equipment
Type: Subsea Equipment

Apr. 2012 - Technip received a lump sum contract from Anadarko for the development of the Lucius field. The contract covers installation of a flexible flowline; multiple flexible gas lift jumpers; main gas lift and infield umbilicals; subsea distribution units; electrical; fiber optic and hydraulic flying leads; design and fabrication of the flexible flowline end termination; fabrication and installation of rigid jumpers; burial of flowlines; and flooding and hydro-testing of the flowline system. Offshore installation will occur in 2013 and 2014.

First Subsea to Supply Mooring Line Connectors for Lucius Spar
Type: Contract Award

Mar. 2012 - First Subsea received a contract from Technip to supply the mooring line connectors for a new spar platform moored in 7,000 feet (2,134 meters) of water in the Lucius field, located at the Keathley Canyon Block 875 in the Gulf of Mexico. The Lucius spar will be moored by nine Ballgrab ball and taper mooring connectors attached to polyester mooring lines. The field is currently under development with first production slated for 2014.

Foster Wheeler Awarded Contract for Services in GOM
Type: Pipeline Construction

Feb. 2012 - Discovery Gas Transmission awarded Foster Wheeler a contract to provide design, engineering and technical services for a junction platform, facilities and associated pipelines within the Discovery System at South Timbalier Block 283 in the GOM. The platform, located in about 350 feet of water, will be a four-pile structure with a two-level deck. It will be designed as an unmanned structure with a control system designed to shut down the facility in the event of an upset condition. The new infrastructure will enable the existing Discovery pipeline to operate at a higher pressure, both before and after the connection of the new Keathley Canyon pipeline. Discovery will construct the Keathley Canyon Connector, a 20-inch diameter, 215-mile subsea natural gas gathering pipeline for production from the Keathley Canyon, Walker Ridge and Green Canyon areas in the central deepwater GOM. Discovery has signed long-term agreements with Lucius and Hadrian South owners for natural gas gathering and processing services for production from those fields. The Keathley Canyon Connector will originate in the southeast portion of the Keathley Canyon area and terminate into Discovery's 30-inch diameter mainline near South Timbalier Block 283.

Discovery System to Build Keathley Canyon Connector in Deepwater GOM
Type: Pipeline Construction

Jan. 2012 - Williams Partners and DCP Midstream Partners have announced a planned expansion of the Discovery natural gas gathering pipeline system in the deepwater GOM. Discovery intends to construct the KEathley Canyon Connector, a 20-inch diameter, 215-mile subsea natural gas gathering pipeline for production from the Keathley Canyon, Walker Ridge and Green Canyon areas in the central deepwater GOM. Discovery has signed long-term agreements with Lucius and Hadrian South owners for natural gas gathering and processing services for production from those fields. The Keathley Canyon Connector will originate in the southeast portion of the Keathley Canyon area and terminate into Discovery's 30-inch diameter mainline near South Timbalier Block 283. The pipeline will be capable of gathering more than 400 MMcf/d of natural gas. Construction on the project is expected to begin in 2013, with a mid-2014 expected in-service date.

Aker to Provide Umbilicals for Lucius Development
Type: Subsea Equipment

Jan. 2012 - Anadarko granted Aker Solutions a contract for eight steel tube umbilicals for the Lucius field in the GOM. The scope of work includes project management, design, engineering, and manufacturing of two electro/hydraulic dynamic production umbilicals, two gas lift dynamic umbilicals, three electro/hydraulic infield umbilicals and one gas lift infield umbilical, including all associated ancillary equipment required for installation and interface with the existing development. Management, engineering and manufacturing of the umbilicals will be performed at Aker Solutions' facility in Mobile, Ala. Final deliveries are slated for 3Q 2013. The Lucius field is located on Keathley Canyon Block 874, 875 and 919 in a water depth of about 7,000 feet (2,100 meters).

FMC to Supply Subsea Equipment for Lucius Development
Type: Development Activity

Jan. 2012 - Anadarko awarded FMC Technologies a contract to provide subsea systems and life-of-field services for the Lucius project. FMC's scope of supply includes five subsea production trees and two manifolds, with delivery slated for 4Q12. First oil is slated for 2014. Lucius is located in 7,100 feet (2,165 meters) of water on Keathley Canyon Block 875. Anadarko operates the field, holding a 50 percent interest; Co-owners in the discovery include Plains Exploration & Production with a 33.33 percent interest and Mariner Energy with 16.67 percent interest.

Anadarko Sanctions Lucius Development in GOM
Type: Development Activity

Dec. 2011 - Anadarko has given the green light for the development of the deepwater Lucius development in the GOM. The development plan calls for six producing wells connecting to a truss spar with a production capacity of 80,000 bopd and 450 MMcf/d. The spar is currently being constructed at Technip's facility in Pori, Finland. Drilling will begin in 2012 with first production slated for 2014.

Technip Given LOI for Lucius Development
Type: Facility Construction

Aug. 2011 - Anadarko Petroleum issued a Letter of Intent to Technip for the engineering, construction and transport of a 23,000-ton Truss Spar hull for the Lucius development in the GOM. Technip will begin preliminary work on the project including purchase of long-lead items for the hull in advance of the planned sanction date of December 2011. The spar will have a capacity of more than 80,000 bbl of oil and 450 MMcf/d of natural gas. Technip’s operating center in Houston, Texas will provide the overall project management; while the detailed hull design and fabrication will be carried out by Technip’s yard in Pori, Finland. First oil is slated for 2014. Lucius is located in 7,100 feet (2,165 meters) of water on Keathley Canyon Block 875. Anadarko operates the field, holding a 50% interest; Co-owners in the discovery include Plains Exploration & Production with a 33.33% interest and Mariner Energy with 16.67% interest.

Anadarko, ExxonMobil Finalize Lucius Deal in GOM
Type: Status Update

Aug. 2011 - Anadarko Petroleum has finalized an agreement with ExxonMobil Corp. to jointly develop the Lucius oil and gas field in the deepwaters of the Gulf of Mexico. The company plans to develop the field through a truss spar with the capacity to produce more than 80,000 bopd and 450 MMcfm/d of natural gas. The development has a project start-up date scheduled for 2014. Lucius is estimated to hold more than 300 MMbbl of oil equivalent, with an API gravity of 29 degrees, Anadarko said. The operator will hold a 35% operating stake in the area, which includes four blocks in the Keathley Canyon area. Lucius partners include ExxonMobil (15%), Plains Exploration & Production Co. (23.3%), Apache Corp. subsidiary Apache Deepwater LLC (11.7%), Petrobras (9.6%) and Eni Petroleum (5.4%). Upon finalizing the deal, the partners agreed to process gas from the Hadrian South field in return for fees and facility-upgrade requirements, the company stated. Hadrian South, located on Keathley Canyon Block 964, is operated by ExxonMobil.

Lucius Continues to Shine for Anadarko
Type: Appraisal Operations

Jan. 2010 - The Lucius sidetrack appraisal well, drilled by the ENSCO 8500 semisub, encountered almost 600 net feet (183 meters) of high quality oil pay with additional gas-condensate pay in thick subsalt Pliocene and Miocene sands. Drilled as an up-dip sidetrack roughly 3,200 feet (975 meters) south of the discovery well (which encountered more than 200 net feet [61 meters]) of pay, the appraisal well reached a total depth of 20,600 feet (6,279 meters) in 7,100 feet (2,165 meters) of water. Lucius' reservoir is characterized by excellent porosity and permeability and contains high-quality oil. Additional appraisal drilling is anticipated on the Lucius find in 2010. Located in the Gulf of Mexico on Keathley Canyon Block 875 in a water depth of 7,126 feet (2,172 meters) is the Lucius oil and gas field. Anadarko operates the field, holding a 50% interest; Co-owners in the discovery include Plains Exploration & Production with a 33.33% interest and Mariner Energy with 16.67% interest.

Anadarko Sees the Light with Lucius
Type: New Discovery

Dec. 2009 - Anadarko has made a discovery at their deepwater Lucius prospect in Keathly Canyon Block 875 in the Gulf of Mexico. The discovery well encountered more than 200 feet (61 meters) of net pay in subsalt Pliocene and Miocene sands. The discovery well was drilled to a total depth of about 20,000 feet (610 meters) by the Ensco 8500 ultra-deepwater semisubmersible. An up-dip sidetrack appraisal will be drilled on the same block, approximately 3,200 feet (975 meters) south of the discovery. Anadarko operates the Lucius well with a 50% working interest. Co-owners in the discovery include Plains Exploration & Production (33.33%) and Mariner Energy (16.67%).

ENSCO 8500 Spuds Exploration Well at Keathley Canyon Block 875
Type: Status Update

Oct. 2009 - The ENSCO 8500, an ultra-deepwater semisubmersible, has spud an exploration well at Anadarko's Lucius prospect, located on Keathley Canyon Block 875 in a water depth of 7,110 feet (2,167 meters). Drilling is expected to take about 90 days. Anadarko operates this prospect with a 50% working interest and Devon holds the remaining 50% interest.

Exploration Plan Filed for Anadarko's Lucius Prospect
Type: Status Update

Sep. 2009 - Anadarko has filed an EP with the MMS for its Lucius prospect on Keathley Canyon block 875. Under this initial EP, the company proposes to drill and complete two wells, locations A & B in Keathley Canyon block 875.

Lucius Spar
Under Construction - Dec 15, 2011 to -

Lucius
Under Development - Dec 15, 2011 to -

Discovery (Drilled) - Dec 2009 to Dec 14, 2011

Discovery well at KC875 encountered more than 200' of net pay in subsalt Pliocene/Miocene sands. Appraisal will be an up-dip sidetrack on the same block.

Exploratory Drilling - Oct 2009 to Dec 2009

ENSCO 8500 spuds KC875 exploration well.

Bright Spot - Dec 01, 1999 to Oct 2009

KerrMcGee acquired KC875 at the 8/25/1999 Western GOM Lease Sale #174 (Bid-226000.00); Lease expires 11/30/2009. Devon acquired 50% KerrMcGee's interest in 2005.

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Facility Name Lucius Spar
Duty Oil/Gas
Operator Anadarko
Current Status Under Construction since 2011
Host Type SPAR
Water Depth 2,172 m / 7,168 ft
Dev.Cost n/a
 
Region US
 
Location Keathley Canyon 874, 875, 918 and 919
 
Field Name Lucius
Discovery Date Dec 2009
Block Keathley Canyon 874, 875, 918 and 919
Reserve Type Oil/Gas
Current Status Under Development
Production Start
Water Depth 2,172 m / 7,168 ft