Ecopetrol, Petrobras Report Deepwater Gas Find Offshore Colombia

The deepwater gas discovery reported by Ecopetrol and Petrobras offshore Colombia confirms the importance of the Caribbean region and increases the possibility for developing a new E&P frontier off northern South America.

Ecopetrol, Petrobras Report Deepwater Gas Find Offshore Colombia

The Uchuva-1 exploratory well was drilled in deep waters of Colombia, 32 km off the coast and 76 km from the city of Santa Marta, in a water depth of approximately 830 m. (Source: Ecopetrol)

Colombia’s state oil company Ecopetrol, in partnership with its Brazilian counterpart Petrobras, confirmed the discovery of natural gas accumulation in the Uchuva-1 exploratory well located offshore Colombia in the Tayrona Block.

“This discovery is very significant for Ecopetrol and Colombia because it confirms the importance of the Caribbean as one of the main sources of gas for our country,” Ecopetrol President Felipe Bayon said July 29 in a press statement. 

The find opens a “new frontier in an area close to Chuchupa-Ballenas gas fields that have marked the history of our offshore operations for four decades and have contributed significantly with the gasification of the country,” Bayon said.

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Pietro Pitts

Pietro Donatello Pitts is a senior energy reporter for Hart Energy. He covers Latin America and the Caribbean as well as regions from North America to Europe, Africa and Asia. He covers topics spanning from the upstream, midstream and downstream sectors to the energy transition and geopolitical events impacting the global energy sector.