Louisiana-based LLOG Exploration Co. said June 23 it has reached first production at the Praline Field in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico’s Mississippi Canyon Block 74.

The Pliocene-aged subsalt discovery was developed as a tieback to the Talos Energy-operated Pompano platform. It is the company’s first pipe-in-pipe tieback and marks the first of four tieback projects LLOG plans to bring online within the next year, according to Philip LeJeune, president and CEO of LLOG.

“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,” LeJeune said in a news release.

He added that LLOG remains “committed to maintaining the same high environmental, safety and operational standards that have successfully guided us for over 20 years as a premier operator in the Gulf of Mexico” and “focused on sustainably and profitably continuing our field development campaign over the coming years.”

The Praline well was completed in August 2020. The discovery well was drilled in 2,600 ft of water to a total depth of 13,400 ft and discovered more than 125 ft of net hydrocarbons. LLOG serves as operator.