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CyC boosts sales by lowering inventories

CyC boosts sales by lowering inventories

CyC Energia aka C&C Energy reported results for 3Q12. Production was up just under 9% but revenue was up over 1/3 because the company managed to reduce inventories by over 3,000 bpd.

Monday, November 12th, 2012
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Interoil production continues to fall

Interoil production continues to fall

Interoil reported its October 2012 production results for Colombia without commentary. Colombia’s oil production rose in September and October but Interoil’s share dropped. In fact, except for a brief blip in July, production has dropped continuously since March.

Monday, November 12th, 2012
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Maurel and Prom with production in holding pattern pending ANH approval

French oil and gas company, Maurel and Prom, has a small amount of production in Colombia (498 bpd net of royalties in 3Q12). It is in an exploration agreement with Pacific Rubiales in a 49.99:51.01 deal whereby Pacific picks up the exploration expenses. The company’s description of its production in the country is unusually specific so we thought it interesting to publish. In this case the challenge is not environmental approval but approvals from the ANH to put a confirmed well into production.

Thursday, November 8th, 2012
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Another blockbuster operating quarter for Pacific Rubiales

Another blockbuster operating quarter for Pacific Rubiales

CEO Ronald Pantin was giving almost real time production measurements during the 3Q12 conference call to show that the company’s quarterly results were not only sustained in the fourth quarter but getting stronger. Production, revenue, EBITDA and cash flow were all up in 3Q12 year-over-year, showing Pacific Rubiales strong operating performance. In particular, oil and gas production was up over 5% sequentially in Colombia while production for the industry as a whole was down 1%.

Thursday, November 8th, 2012
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Equion finds gas off Cartagena in Colombia’s Caribbean Sea

Equion – a joint venture between Ecopetrol and Talisman – reports the presence of dry gas in the Mapale-1 well. From an Ecopetrol Press Release in English with commentary by Hydrocarbons Colombia.

Wednesday, November 7th, 2012
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Mansarovar opens three fields in Colombia

Colombian oil company – Mansarovar – a joint venture between Chinese state-owned company Sinopec and Indian NOC ONGC Videsh – announces it has received permission from partner Ecopetrol to develop Abarco Phase II, Under River Fase III and Moriche Phase III.

Wednesday, November 7th, 2012
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Why is oil company Mansarovar involved with Interbolsa?

The Interbolsa drama deepened yesterday with news that it was virtually certain to be liquidated. Existing shareholders in the brokerage firm are likewise virtually certain to have their investments wiped out. The surprising news was that oil company Mansarovar is listed in various press reports as the brokerage’s largest single shareholder.

Wednesday, November 7th, 2012
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GranTierra reports grand results for 3Q12

GranTierra reports grand results for 3Q12

GranTierra reports high quarter-over-quarter and year-over-year growth in Colombian production for 3Q12 despite problems with the TransAndino pipeline. These pipeline interruptions raised operating expense and so unfortunately higher revenue did not translate into higher profits. The company’s press release also gave an extensive update on its exploration activities in Colombia including plans for the blocks it has been (provisionally) awarded in the 2012 Round of auctions.

Wednesday, November 7th, 2012
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Oil services sector to grow 5-8 percent this year

In the context of the Colombian Association of Petroleum Services Companies, Campetrol’s Expo Oil and Gas, various association officials spoke to the Colombian press. Campetrol has worked with economic think tank, Fedesarrollo to characterize the sector and provide a view into its potential.

Tuesday, November 6th, 2012
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Could the problems with Interbolsa affect PetroNorte?

Last week the news broke that well-known brokerage house Interbolsa was running short of cash and had been intervened by finance industry supervisor (SuperFinanciera). The news has scared retail investors of all scales. Both the company and the SuperFinanciera insist that stocks purchased by retail investors are safe because they are held in escrow accounts although direct investors in Grupo Interbolsa itself will probably have to take some kind of “hit” to bail out the brokerage firm. What is not at all clear is what happens to certain Interbolsa investments including Tribeca Fund I, the 67.8% owner of PetroLatina, a UK firm which operates in Colombia as PetroNorte – one of the big winners at the 2012 Round with four exploration blocks.

Monday, November 5th, 2012
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