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Castles in the sky

A vacation trip to Valledupar in the Colombian department of Cesar showed me some successful and some failed royalty projects which I think have lessons for oil and gas companies.

Sunday, May 19th, 2024

Bridges are being built using oil waste

A significant portion of industrial waste from oil companies is now being utilized for the construction of road infrastructure, specifically bridges that connect pathways and roads in remote areas far from consumption centers.

Monday, May 13th, 2024

ACM reveals local mining impact

Juan Camilo Nariño, the Colombian Mining Association’s (ACM) president, disclosed the value of goods and services contracted by miners in the country.

Tuesday, April 30th, 2024

Indigenous engagement in projects

At the 2024 Naturgas Congress, the panel “The Voice of the American Continent’s Communities” shed light on the relevance of indigenous participation in energy transition and major development projects.

Monday, April 15th, 2024

Ocensa and communities reach agreement

In recent days, Ocensa raised concerns about a potential rupture in the oil pipeline at kilometer 235 due to pipe damage and the inability to perform maintenance due to community blockades.

Tuesday, January 16th, 2024

USO warning

Colombia’s most prominent oil industry union, the USO, has been raising concerns for weeks about Ecopetrol’s leadership considering a budget cut for its 2024 investment plan.

Monday, December 4th, 2023

Blockade at FEC’s oil field

Frontera Energy disclosed that since Friday, November 10th, a group of employees from metal-mechanical companies, serving as contractors in the CPE-6 field operated by the company in the municipality of Puerto Gaitán (Meta), has blockaded the site.

Wednesday, November 15th, 2023

Hydrocarbon municipalities: enhanced welfare

Hydrocarbons have emerged as a significant contributor to the welfare and economic development of Colombians, according to the findings of the Territorial Development Monitor (TDM).

Wednesday, November 15th, 2023

Diverse suppliers at Ecopetrol

Working in Ecopetrol’s supplier program, Lina Aroca has generated spaces for training and economic development for indigenous communities, LGBT, victims of the conflict, women, and people with disabilities.

Tuesday, November 7th, 2023

UPDATED: The big question is governability

The lightest peace news month in 2023 meant Colombians focused on other issues, specifically the regional elections that took place on the 29th of October. These could impact President Gustavo Petro’s ability to implement whatever agreements he manages to achieve. UPDATE: On Thursday, November 2, 2023 the High Peace Commissioner Danilo Rueda reported that the ELN were responsible for the kidnapping of Luis Manuel Diaz, father of Colombian international footballer Luis Diaz. This violates the spirit if not the letter of the peace talks (which Rueda’s social media post highlights) so for now we can only say that the impact on the process is unpredictable.


Monday, October 30th, 2023