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The ANH reduces geological research budget for 2013

National business newspaper Portafolio reports that in 2013, the National Hydrocarbons Agency (ANH) will invest US$153.4M in subsurface studies in many areas of the country. The ANH will do this investment with the purpose of provide subsurface information to prospective investors, since in 2012 Round some companies chose not to invest in certain areas due to lack of geological knowledge.

Thursday, November 29th, 2012
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Federico Renjifo goes on the road to attract mining and energy sector investors to Colombia

MinMinas Federico Renjifo participates in The Colombia Business Summit conference organized by The Economist in Paris. From a MinMinas press release. Translated and with commentary by Hydrocarbons Colombia.

Thursday, November 29th, 2012
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Should Colombia invest royalties in infrastructure or education?

Many Colombian news sources picked up a BBC story about Qatar investing its oil wealth in building a knowledge-economy. That so many picked up it meant a number of news editors thought it suggested a different approach to using royalties. That got us thinking as well.

Wednesday, November 28th, 2012
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Fitch rates Pacific Rubiales purchase of C&C as neutral to positive

On November 19, 2012 we reported that Pacific Rubiales was buying C&C Energy in an all stock deal. Now in a press release, Fitch reports they rate the deal neutral to positive because “Pacific Rubiales’ production profile will improve through this transaction, as C&C’s lighter crude production will provide Pacific Rubiales with a more favorable diluent source to transport its heavy crude production. Pacific Rubiales estimates that this acquisition will represent savings of approximately USD376 million per year on diluent cost.”

Wednesday, November 28th, 2012
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Suroco announces highest production month ever

Suroco announces highest production month ever

Suroco Energy announced its 3Q12 results. The chart shows production net of Working Interest and Royalties was up 27% sequentially after having been stalled for two quarters. Alastair Hill, Suroco’s President and CEO commented, “During the third quarter we achieved a record average production rate of 1,111 barrels per day net to the Corporation after royalties and in September we experienced our best single monthly average with 1,232 barrels per day net to the Corporation after royalties. The three Cohembi wells drilled during the quarter helped us to delineate the north-western area of the field and extend the proven oil-bearing area.”

Wednesday, November 28th, 2012
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Should Colombia invest royalties in infrastructure or education?

Many Colombian news sources picked up a BBC story about Qatar investing its oil wealth in building a knowledge-economy. That so many picked up it meant a number of news editors thought it suggested a different approach to using royalties. That got us thinking as well.

Wednesday, November 28th, 2012
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The ANH finalizes supplemental blocks of 2012 Round

The contract for the Achapo area was signed with the company Canacol Energy Colombia SA on October 31, 2012. The contract authorizes Canacol for hydrocarbons exploration and production in a 5.057 m2 area of the Caguán Putumayo basin. The expected investment is US$7.8M total investment.

Tuesday, November 27th, 2012
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Chevron Petroleum allowed to drill new wells in La Guajira

The National Environmental Licensing Agency (ANLA) amended the environmental license granted in 1987 to the Chevron Petroleum Company. This amendment allows Chevron to develop gas wells in the Rioacha area (La Guajira).

Tuesday, November 27th, 2012
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USO news summary for week ending November 23, 2012

(The USO is the Colombian petroleum workers union. Unrepentantly radically left, it often seems trapped in some Marxist-Leninist twilight zone from before the fall of the Berlin Wall or perhaps before the Second World War. Still its capacity for mischief is unmistakable and so we believe it is important for oil and gas industry stakeholders to keep track of what they are up to. We will summarize major news items from their webpage or other sources and publish the summary every Monday. We will reproduce the tone of their items while not agreeing with their messages.)

Monday, November 26th, 2012
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Security Summary for week ending November 24, 2012

Security Summary for week ending November 24, 2012

As we predicted, incidents were way up this week after having fallen for five straight weeks. The vast number of incidents were reported by the Colombian Armed Forces so it was clear the government was responsible for turning up the heat. The Colombian government never agreed to lay down their arms so this is not surprising. This is not to say the Farc were angels or that the self-declared truce was being observed perfectly, but there were fewer of these. ‘Somebody’ blew up two electrical towers in Antioquia and the departmental government thinks it was the Farc.

Sunday, November 25th, 2012
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