Irish name, American focus. Murphy Exploration & Production - USA, a subsidiary of integrated oil giant Murphy Oil, is engaged in deepwater oil and gas exploration and production, primarily in oil and gas fields located in the Gulf of Mexico. It also operates fields onshore in Louisiana. Murphy Exploration & Production - USA operates four major developments in the deepwater Gulf (Medusa, Habanero, Front Runner, and Thunder Hawk). The company also has interests in a number of blocks on the continental shelf of the Gulf of Mexico. In 2007 its largest field (Medusa) reported proved reserves of 9 million barrels of oil and 11 billion cu. ft. of natural hgas.
Murphy Exploration & Production - USA first moved into the deepwater Gulf of Mexico in 1996. The Medusa and Habanero fields were both placed onstream in 2003.
At the Murphy-operated Thunder Hawk field (37.5%) located in Mississippi Canyon in the Gulf of Mexico, the company and its and partners are developing a stand-alone semi-submersible floating production unit with a production capacity of 45,000 barrels a day The first oil from the platform is scheduled to come online in 2009.