Ecopetrol begins drilling campaign in Colombia

Ecopetrol begins drilling campaign in Colombia

BOGOTá, November 17, 2023 – Colombia’s state-run Ecopetrol has drilled a new exploration well on the Tayrona oil and gas block in Caribbean waters, Upstream Online reported on Thursday.

The Orca Norte-1 well is located 430 kilometres from Barranquilla in water depths of 706 metres.

It was drilled by Noble Corporation’s Noble Discoverer semi-submersible rig.

The Tayrona block is located on the Guajira basin.


The play is Ecopetrol’s first deepwater well on a concession operated directly by the company.

The NOC holds a 56% stake in the concession with Brazilian state-run Petrobras holding the remaining stake.

The timeline for the drilling campaign was not disclosed.

In 2022 the companies made an oil gas discovery at the deepwater Uchuva-1 well on the block.

According to previous projections, Ecopetrol is targeting first gas in 2026 at the development, which will connect to onshore processing facilities via the nearby Chuchupa gasfield.

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