Petrominerales Spuds Corcel-2
Petrominerales reports that the six-day test of the Corcel-1 well has been completed at restricted rates increasing progressively to a maximum of 3,321 barrels of oil per day ("bopd") with 99.2 percent oil cut and approximately 12 percent drawdown. The test commingled the Mirador and Guadalupe zones containing 140 feet of total oil pay and confirmed that the productive capacity of Corcel 1 is well in excess of 10,000 bopd of approximately 30 degree API crude. Higher capacity surface facilities are currently being installed and a six-month test of the well will begin in September at rates of approximately 4,000 bopd. Although this extended test will still be at a very low drawdown, the information obtained during these six months will give key information about the ultimate potential of the well. Construction has been completed on a second drilling pad and our Corcel-2 well commenced drilling on August 25, 2007. The drilling rig will remain in the Llanos Basin to accelerate this ongoing exploration and delineation program.
The Corcel Block is situated in a drier region of the Llanos Basin and we have an all-weather road to this location which will accommodate year round production from the well. The ultimate size of the discovery will be defined through long-term testing and additional delineation drilling. Petrominerales has identified three additional Corcel prospects, two delineation wells on our initial discovery, and up to three further delineation wells on our other prospects for a total of eight potential drilling locations. These locations have been defined through our 47 square kilometer 3D seismic survey, which covers approximately 15% of the 79,815-acre Block. In addition, an early 2008 3D seismic program is planned for our 26,341-acre Guatiquia Block, which adjoins the Corcel Block to the south.
Corcel-1 was the fourth of five wells in the 2007 exploration drilling program in the Llanos and Putumayo Basins; four wells have now been drilled in the Llanos and one well remains to be drilled in the Putumayo. Our other drilling rig, currently working in the Orito Block in the Putumayo Basin, will be used to drill our Conga-1 exploration well on the Las Aguilas Block offsetting Orito. This well is expected to spud in September. Earlier in 2007, we drilled the Ojo de Tigre-2 oil discovery on the Joropo Block. Our other two Llanos Basin exploration wells were abandoned.
Petrominerales holds over 1.5 million acres of land in Colombia, on which we have acquired 357 square kilometers of 3D seismic and reprocessed all available 2D seismic data. This work program has generated 18 additional leads and prospects on these lands. We plan to acquire an additional 140 square kilometers of 3D seismic and 576 kilometers of reconnaissance 2D seismic. In 2008, we anticipate drilling up to eight further exploration wells focused primarily in the Llanos Basin.
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