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Ecopetrol transfers hydrocarbons transport assets to Cenit

Ecopetrol announced that it transferred a package of assets to its subsidiary Cenit, a hydrocarbons transport company, in exchange for 45,582,982 shares. This contribution is part of a corporate reorganization in the hydrocarbons transport and logistics business line of Colombia’s national oil company, Ecopetrol.

Thursday, November 1st, 2012
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Colombian Natural Gas Association Business Roundtable

The Colombian Natural Gas Association (Naturgas) will hold a business roundtable with producers, distributors and entrepreneurs to look for innovative business opportunities. The event will be held in Bogota on November 15/16, 2012. From a Naturgas press release. Translated and with commentary by Hydrocarbons Colombia.

Thursday, November 1st, 2012
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The largest projects approved under the new royalty system

The Colombian Congress has approved a CoP$17.7T (US$9.2B) royalty budget for the period 2013 – 2014. The Governing Committee (Comisión Rectora) approved this amount to be distributed to the various funds of the royalty system over the next two years. This was announced by MinHacienda, Mauricio Cárdenas, who highlighted the importance of the initiative for creating equity in Colombia. Cárdenas also said two efforts are being unified, the one of government through the Nation’s Budget and the one of regions through royalties, so as many projects can be done as possible, for the progress and prosperity the country seeks.

Thursday, November 1st, 2012
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Fitch upgrades Pacific Rubiales Issuer Default Ratings to BB+ Stable Outlook

Fitch Ratings has given a huge endorsement to Pacific Rubiales by quality of their debt with a stable outlook. In their report, the rating agency analyses the company’s strengths and weaknesses to come to its positive outlook. The company’s biggest challenge is the potential for what is currently its biggest asset – Pirri/Rubiales field – to be returned to Ecopetrol in 2016. This fact, misinterpreted by congressman Simon Gaviria, caused a temporary flutter in the stock price last week. Fitch’s upgrade assumes the field will be returned, saying the company has enough strength to overcome even this.

Thursday, November 1st, 2012
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Canacol updates Colombian exploration

In a press release, Canacol updated its activities in the VMM 2, Cedrela and LLA 23 blocks. The latter two are still at initial stages so the news was mostly about VMM 2. Canacol is not the operator – it has a 20% working interest – but given the block’s adjacency to the 100% Canacol Santa Isabela block, the company hopes to get relevant information as well as oil.

Wednesday, October 31st, 2012
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Operating Income Margins on the wrong trend

Operating Income Margins on the wrong trend

Ecopetrol’s surprise results yesterday got us thinking about what the trend were for Colombian companies. We thought it unfair to include Ecopetrol’s 3Q12 results since we do not yet have numbers for its colleagues. But still there is a worrying trend.

Wednesday, October 31st, 2012
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Mansarovar looking to buy 5 blocks

National business paper Portafolio reports that the Sinopec/ONGC Videsh joint venture has US$300 to US$500M to spend on acquisitions and is looking to purchase at least 5 blocks. Their objective is to get to 55,000 bpd by 2015 which we estimate would be more than double what they produce today.

Wednesday, October 31st, 2012
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Expo Oil and Gas Colombia 2012 opens today at Bogota exhibition ground

The show is organized by Campetrol, the association of petroleum services companies (long name in English: Colombian Chamber of Petroleum Goods and Services) and runs from today through this coming Friday November 2, 2012.

The main event is a trade show with over 170 exhibitors, an increase of 30% over the previous edition in 2010 (as reported by the web page Globedia here). The US is the invited country and organizers expected at least 15 companies from that country to attend. There are at least 37 Canadian countries in attendance. All members of the industry were welcomed to participate with stands but the emphasis in the show is on services companies.

Wednesday, October 31st, 2012
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Ecopetrol reports 3Q12 profits down 22.6% over 2011 — flat revenues, higher maintenance

Ecopetrol reports 3Q12 profits down 22.6% over 2011 — flat revenues, higher maintenance

The company reported net profit between July and September reached CoP$3.24T (US$1.8B), which meant a decrease of 22.6% compared with the same period in 2011. Ecopetrol said that operating revenue increased one percent from the same period of 2011 while cost of sales increased 20.3%, due to maintenance costs of CoP$147,000M to ensure the integrity of transport infrastructure and wells, as well as the maintenance of Barrancabermeja refinery.

Tuesday, October 30th, 2012
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Azabache Energy reports year-end fiscal 2012 (2Q12) results

Azabache Energy, with oil and gas interests in Colombia and Argentina, published its year-end 2012, calendar 2Q12 results. The company reported a increased loss of CAD$6.6M including a charge for the impairment of certain assets in Argentina. It also provided an update on its exploration activities in Colombia and Argentina.

Tuesday, October 30th, 2012
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