A partner in the Lucius oilfield says production has begun in the Gulf of Mexico.

The field in the Keathley Canyon area is about 236 miles southwest of Port Fourchon in 7,200 feet of water.

Anadarko Petroleum Corp., the operator, said the facility has the capacity to handle 80,000 barrels of oil and 450 million cubic feet of natural gas per day.

John Christiansen, the company’s external communications director, said Lucius is the largest deepwater spar the company has built to date.

The Lucius field is estimated to hold 300 million barrels of oil equivalent.