GeoPark Limited, a leading independent Latin American oil and gas explorer, operator and consolidator announced its second hydrocarbon discovery in 2022 in the Perico block (GeoPark non-operated, 50% WI) in Ecuador.
On January 28, 2022, the operator spudded the Tui 1 exploration well, located approximately 7 kilometers south from the Jandaya oil field, discovered in January. The Tui 1 well was drilled and completed to a total depth of 10,975 feet. Production tests in the Basal Tena formation currently show a production rate of 1,240 barrels of oil per day of 27 degrees API with a 1% water cut, after five days of testing. The complete testing program is underway and additional production history will be required to determine stabilized flow rates of the well and the extent of the reservoir.
Current gross light oil production in the Perico block from the two discoveries is approximately 2,000 barrels of oil per day and is already being delivered to a nearby access point on Ecuador’s main pipeline system for sale to export markets.
GeoPark and its partner Frontera Energy Corporation are currently evaluating subsequent activities in the Perico block, including a potential development drilling plan for both the Jandaya and Tui fields.
Additional exploration activities are budgeted to continue in Ecuador during 2022 in the Espejo Block (GeoPark operated, 50% WI) with the ongoing acquisition of 60 sq km of 3D seismic, to be followed by the drilling of the first Espejo block exploration well, expected to spud in the second half of 2022.
The Espejo and Perico blocks are attractive, low-risk exploration blocks located in the Sucumbios Province in the Oriente basin in northeastern Ecuador. The blocks were acquired in the 2019 Intracampos bid round at no upfront cost in exchange for certain drilling commitments and 3D seismic acquisition. They are adjacent to multiple discoveries and prolific producing fields and have access to existing infrastructure with spare capacity and a well-developed service industry.
These activities are part of GeoPark’s self-funded 2022 capital expenditures program of $160-180 million that targets drilling 40-48 gross wells, including an extensive exploration drilling program targeting high-potential, short-cycle and near-field projects on big proven acreage adjacent to GeoPark’s core Llanos 34 block (GeoPark operated, 45% WI) in Colombia plus other exploration targets in Colombia and Ecuador1. On the CPO-5 block (GeoPark non-operated, 30% WI), the Indico 5 well has just been completed with testing expected in the next 5-10 days. Subsequently, the drilling rig is moving to spud the Urraca exploration prospect, the first exploration target of the CPO-5 block in 2022.
James F. Park, Chief Executive Officer of GeoPark, said: “Congratulations to GeoPark’s oil finding team for another exploration success in a region where we see substantial opportunity for expansion and growth. This new discovery in Ecuador – which is already on production and being marketed – represents the type of low risk, quick tie-in, high potential, and profitable exploration projects that we have been consistently adding to our in-house opportunity portfolio over the last years and which provide GeoPark with a reliable and attractive short and medium-term growth fairway. This is the second consecutive exploration success of our busy 2022 work program which targets 15-20 exploration wells, none of which are currently considered in our production or financial guidance for the year.”