Oil and Natural Gas Corporation Videsh Limited (OVL), the overseas arm of state-owned Oil and Natural Gas Corporation (ONGC), announced that it had struck oil in the very first well it drilled on an onland block in Colombia.

In a statement issued here, it said OVL's first well on the Block CPO-5 struck oil at two places and produced 120-300 barrels per day on testing. The oil is heavy in nature with an API gravity of about 14.

To assess the potential and commerciality of the oil find, extended production testing would be taken up in due course, the statement added. OVL is the operator of exploration block CPO-5 in Colombia, with a 70 per cent stake.

The CPO-5 block is located on land in llanos basin of Colombia and is presently under Phase 1 of exploration. It has committed to drill two exploratory wells in this phase. OVL drilled the first of the two commitment wells -- Kamal-1X on October 29, 2012 and drilled up to the target depth of 10,500 feet. The company is gearing up for spudding the second well in the block this month. “The results from the two wells will lead to an increase in exploratory efforts in the block which has an inventory of exploration leads based on the studies made so far,” the statement further said.

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