Talos Energy announced Jan. 3 it brought its finds at its Lime Rock and Venice prospects onstream. A year to the day after Talos reported discovering hydrocarbons at both prospects.

The deepwater Gulf of Mexico discoveries were tied back subsea to the Talos-operated Ram Powell tension-leg platform (TLP) in 3,200 ft water depth. Lime Rock’s tieback was 9 miles long while Venice’s was 4 miles long.

The tieback required installing new subsea infrastructure and upgrading facilities.

“With these production additions, the Ram Powell facility is expected to achieve the highest combined sustainable production rate since approximately 15 years ago,” Talos President and CEO Timothy S. Duncan said in a Jan. 3 press release.

Talos brought the two wells online in late December 2023, ahead of the planned first quarter 2024 start date. The initial combined gross production rate exceeded 18,500 boe/d, averaging about 45% oil and 55% liquids. Talos estimates the combined gross ultimate recoverable resources of the Lime Rock and Venice discoveries at 20 MMboe to 30 MMboe. In addition to Talos’ net production, the company said it will collect volume-based production handling fees from non-operated partners in both discoveries.

Talos acquired the Lime Rock prospect in Lease Sale 256 in 2020. Talos identified the Venice prospect within existing Ram Powell unit acreage. While Talos initially held 100% interest in both prospects, it farmed down to an operated 60% interest in both wells. Talos operates the Ram Powell TLP in Viosca Knoll Block 956 with 100% interest.

Lime Rock- Venice Map
Lime Rock and Venice were tied back to the Ram Powell TLP in 3,200 ft water depth in Viosca Knoll Block 956 in the Gulf of Mexico. (Source: SPE)