CARTAGENA, Colombia – Workers are putting the finishing touches on the state-of-the-art West Freedom rig, which is scheduled to sail Sunday into the waters of Colombia’s La Guajira province to start exploring for natural gas, officials at the port of Cartagena told EFE.
The rig, which is owned by Bermuda-based deepwater drilling contractor Seadrill, arrived from Mexico and will begin exploring for natural gas in the Molusco-1 well.
The well, located in the RC-9 block operated by Colombian state oil company Ecopetrol, is 14 nautical miles north of the Chuchupa field.
The rig’s arrival in Cartagena opens a new market for the port and will “create a new sector that will allow the city to turn the port into a logistics provider for the global offshore industry,” Puerto Bahia marketing manager Magaly Ovalle told EFE.
Cartagena has an opportunity to become a logistics provider, helping offshore platforms “make all the preparations for oil exploration in the region,” Ovalle said.
“We want to provide them with everything they need and the possibility that they come here and prepare” for exploration projects, Ovalle said.
“Cartagena offers very favorable conditions for docking and operation for these platforms and already has a bay that is sheltered year-round from hurricanes, has sufficient depth and has industrial suppliers, human resources and labor of the highest quality,” the port official said.