Shell strikes gas offshore Colombia

Ecopetrol and American super-major Shell have struck gas at the Gorgon-2 appraisal well on the ultra-deepwater COL-5 block in the Colombian Caribbean, the NOC announced on Wednesday.

The find was made by Transocean’s Deepwater Thalassa drillship in water depths of around 2,400 metres.

Gas was found at depths of more than 4,000 metres. Estimates of the deposits were not given.

Gas at the Gorgon-2 well confirms the extension of an offshore gas province in Colombia linked to previous discoveries at the Kronos-1 probe in 2015 and the Gorgon-1 well and Purple Angel-1 well in 2017.

Shell operates the COL-5 block, Purple Angel block and Fuerte Sure block in Colombia alongside its partner Ecopetrol with 50% shares each.