With the MinMinas and National Planning Department (DNP) crowing last week about the new royalty distribution system, it was inevitable that there would be a reaction from those less favored.
Colombia’s thermal coal deposits are conveniently located within a few hundred kilometers of the country’s Caribbean coast.
August 4, 2012 The Minister of Mines and Energy, Mauricio Cardenas said Saturday that the government of Juan Manuel Santos will bring domestic natural gas to the city of Pasto, the only capital city without such service. It will take two years.
Bottom Line: An oil spill into a waterway from the only well belonging to a little-known operator. Security issues in the zone prevented officials from arriving in a timely manner so most of this article is an extended “not my fault”.
Outside the 2012 Round of new blocks, ANH will auction four unconventional blocks that were taken back from Montco Energy for problems with legal documentation.
Bottom Line: The National Planning Director (in charge of budgeting and planning for the Colombian government and in many ways more powerful than some ministers) corrects some misconceptions about the new royalty system. Only if the distribution of royalties is perceived to be fair and effective will the extractive industries be viewed as positive for the economy, for shareholders and for the country as a whole.
Colombian business newspaper Portafolio interviewed Eduardo Pizano, head of the natural gas distributors association Naturgas.
By: Frank Pearl Minister of Environment and Sustainable Development email@example.com Bottom Line: The good thing about this article is that it mirrors what the Minister of Mines and Energy has been saying.