Total has signed a deal to buy Samson Offshore Anchor from Samson for an undisclosed amount.

Samson Offshore Anchor has a 12.5% interest in four blocks covering the Anchor field, which is a significant discovery in the Gulf of Mexico (GOM), US.

The agreement also covers a 12.5% stake in the nearby exploration block Green Canyon 761, in which Total currently holds a 25% stake.

Total exploration and production president Arnaud Breuillac said: “The entry in the Anchor discovery further increases Total’s footprint in deepwater Gulf of Mexico.

“It follows our entry in seven exploration prospects located in the promising Wilcox (central GoM) and Norphlet (eastern GoM) plays thanks to an agreement signed with Chevron last September, and in the Jack field where the group will acquire a 25% interest as part of the Maersk Oil deal.”

“The entry in the Anchor discovery further increases Total’s footprint in deepwater Gulf of Mexico.”

Anchor was discovered in the Wilcox play in 2014 and is located 225km offshore Louisiana at depths of more than 1,500m.

The company noted that the identification of additional prospective resources in the Anchor vicinity further strengthens the potential of the asset.

Other stakeholders in the Anchor discovery include Chevron, Cobalt, and Venari.

In the Gulf of Mexico, Total is focused on two producing fields, the Chevron-operated Tahiti with a 17% interest, and Petrobras-operated Chinook with 33.33%.

Additionally, the company is engaged in the discovery of North Platte with 40% interest.