Total has announced the discovery of a gas condensate field in the Niscota block of the Andes foothills, 300km north-east of Bogota, Colombia.

The exploration well, Huron-1, drilled a prospect to a depth of about 5,500m in a heavily faulted area, and encountered several reservoirs, one of which was tested at 3,400 barrels per day of gas condensate. The others are still to be tested.

Total owns a 50% interest in the well, Talisman Energy has a 30% interest and Hocol (the operator) holds a 20% stake.

The appraisal of the Huron-1 structure is underway with the start of a 3D seismic campaign aiming to precisely define the importance of this discovery and to locate the future appraisal wells.