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Brazil’s Petrobras announced the discovery of a natural gas pay zone at the deepwater Orca-1 well in offshore Colombia Wednesday.

The well was drilled to 13,910 feet in 2,211 feet of water at the Tayrona Block, about 25 miles off the coast of La Guajira.

A natural gas accumulation was confirmed at 11,811 feet.

Petrobras will carry out scheduled operations to continue evaluating the discovery.

Orca-1 is the first deepwater well in Colombia’s Caribbean waters.

Petrobras is the operator of the well and holds a 40 percent stake.

Colombia’s Ecopetrol holds a 30 percent stake and Spain’s Repsol holds a 30 percent stake.

“Orca-1’s results confirm the hydrocarbon potential of this Colombian frontier basin and demonstrate the capacity of the petroleum system in the deep part of the offshore basin,” Ecopetrol said.

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