BOGOTA, Colombia--(BUSINESS WIRE)--GeoPark Limited (“GeoPark” or the “Company”) (NYSE: GPRK), a leading independent Latin American oil and gas explorer, operator and consolidator with operations and growth platforms in Colombia, Peru, Argentina, Brazil, Chile and Ecuador, today announced the discovery of the new Guaco oil field in the Llanos 34 block (GeoPark operated, 45% WI) in Colombia.
GeoPark drilled and completed the Guaco 1 exploration well located along the third and most western major fault trend in the Llanos 34 block. This is the first oil discovery along this trend and potentially opens up a new play. The well was drilled to a total depth of 11,936 feet. Similar to other Llanos 34 fields, it appears to be both a structural and stratigraphic trap. Oil shows during drilling and petrophysical analysis indicated the potential for hydrocarbons in both the Guadalupe and Mirador formations. A production test conducted with an electric submersible pump in the Guadalupe formation resulted in a production rate of approximately 960 barrels of oil per day, 24.6 degrees API, 0.3% water cut, through a choke of 35/64 inches and wellhead pressure of 50 pounds per square inch.
Additional production history is required to determine the stabilized flow rates of the well and further appraisal and development drilling will be necessary to determine the extent of the field. Surface facilities are in place and the well is already in production. The Guaco discovery represents the fourteenth oil field discovered and put into production by GeoPark since acquiring Llanos 34, an exploration block with zero production in 2012.
James F. Park, CEO of GeoPark, said: “Congratulations to GeoPark’s oil-finding team for continuing to look out beyond the prolific already-discovered producing oil fields and formations to search for and discover new opportunities. This result underscores the exciting potential still remaining in the Llanos Basin and the attractiveness of GeoPark’s recently-acquired exploration blocks surrounding Llanos 34.”
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