Murphy Oil is pressing ahead with the development schedule for its most prominent Gulf of Mexico project despite possible delays to the King's Quay drilling programme due to Hurricane Ida, which ripped through the region in August.

The Category 4 storm forced drilling contractor Noble Corporation to suspend drilling operations and move its drillship out of the area.

In its latest update with the US Bureau of Safety & Environmental Enforcement, Murphy said it anticipated first oil production by 1 April, 2022.