Petrobras Makes Discovery in Colombian Caribbean Waters

Maritime Activity Reports, Inc.

December 3, 2014

​​​​Ocean Clipper drillship used to perforate Orca-1.

​​​​Ocean Clipper drillship used to perforate Orca-1.


The Petrobras Orca–1 exploratory well (Tayrona Block) has revealed a natural gas accumulation in Colombian Caribbean deep waters, 40 km off the coast of La Guajira. This is the first discovery in the history of the deep water exploration of this region of the Caribbean.

Petrobras is the operator (40%), in partnership with Ecopetrol (30%), and Repsol (30%).

Well drilling ended in September, reaching 4,240 meters. The water depth is 674 meters. The natural gas accumulation was confirmed at 3,600 meters. Petrobras will continue operations as planned in order to assess the discovery.

Operations in the Colombian Caribbean

Petrobras, in partnership with Ecopetrol, pioneered exploration in the Tayrona Block when the first exploration concession was granted by Colombia’s National Hydrocarbons Agency (ANH) in 2004, opening up the Colombian Caribbean to deep water exploration.

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