BOGOTA, Colombia – Ecopetrol S.A. has provided an update on its Dalmatian South prospect in the deepwater Gulf of Mexico. The presence of oil was confirmed by wireline logs after drilling the DC 134 #1 well and a planned sidetrack.
The Dalmatian South prospect is located within the DeSoto Canyon protraction area in a water depth of 6,394 ft (1,949 m). Ecopetrol America has a 30% interest in the Dalmatian South prospect and Murphy Exploration & Production Company–USA is the operator.
The Dalmatian South lease (DC 134) covers an area of 5,760 acres (23.3 sq km) and is located approximately 70 mi (113 km) offshore Louisiana. The Dalmatian South discovery is located approximately 6 mi (9.5 km) southwest of the Dalmatian field (Murphy 70% operator, Ecopetrol 30%) located in DC 4, 47, 48 and 91. Production from the Dalmatian field is expected to commence in 1Q 2014.
The Dalmatian South discovery is Ecopetrol America’s second discovery in 2012 and third to date in the Gulf of Mexico, one of the regions with the highest oil hydrocarbon potential in the world. Geological and geophysical studies will continue to determine the resource potential within the greater Dalmatian area.