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8: Perla Field: The Largest Discovery Ever in Latin America

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Veronica Castillo
Veronica Castillo
Repsol USA, 2455 Technology Forest Blvd., The Woodlands, Texas 77381, U.S.A.
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Laszlo Benkovics
Laszlo Benkovics
Repsol USA, 2455 Technology Forest Blvd., The Woodlands, Texas 77381, U.S.A.
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Carlos Cobos
Carlos Cobos
Repsol USA, 2455 Technology Forest Blvd., The Woodlands, Texas 77381, U.S.A.
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Daniel Demuro
Daniel Demuro
Repsol Colombia, Calle 77 # 7 – 44 piso 13, Apto. Aéreo 110221, Bogotá D.C., Colombia
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Alejandro Franco
Alejandro Franco
Repsol Colombia, Calle 77 # 7 – 44 piso 13, Apto. Aéreo 110221, Bogotá D.C., Colombia
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Published:
January 01, 2017

ABSTRACT

Perla gas field is a world-class giant and one of the most significant in Latin America in the last decade. The field was discovered in August 2009. It is the largest gas field in Latin America with approximately 17 trillion cubic feet (tcf) of gas in place, or 3.1 BBOE. The field, located in the shallow waters of the Gulf of Venezuela, was discovered, and is operated by Cardon IV S.A., a 50/50 joint operating company formed by Repsol and Eni.

The Perla discovery is important because it is a Play opener for the southern Caribbean domain, triggering a new exploration cycle in the region and proving a previously unknown Tertiary thermogenic petroleum system. The discovery well encountered a thick carbonate section (240 m [787 ft] thick) with excellent primary reservoir properties. The trap is a combination structural and stratigraphic, defined by a northwest–southeast trending asymmetric faulted structure and pinch-out of the carbonate reservoir rock to the north. The proven hydrocarbon column exceeds 350 m (1148 ft) and is in complete hydraulic continuity, and the structural-stratigraphic closure exceeds 100 km2 (39 mi2).

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AAPG Memoir

Giant Fields of the Decade 2000–2010

R. K. Merrill
R. K. Merrill
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C. A. Sternbach
C. A. Sternbach
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The American Association of Petroleum Geologists
Volume
113
ISBN electronic:
9781629812762
Publication date:
January 01, 2017

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