Since then, Noble has started production from the other fields, Santiago and Santa Cruz. Production from the subsea fields flows to the Na Kika facility operated by BP. Water depths in the area, which is 140 miles southeast of New Orleans, are about 6,500 ft.
Noble said it will halt appraisal of its subsalt Deep Blue prospect in 5,100 ft of water on Green Canyon Block 723 off central Louisiana, although the initial well and a sidetrack encountered hydrocarbons. Drilling of the sidetrack was interrupted by the moratorium imposed on gulf activity after the Macondo blowout in April 2010.