As reported by the website dinero.com, the number of visitors from Asian countries to Colombia increased significantly in 2012. Compared with the same period of 2011, the Finnish visitors increased 57%, 35.2% Chinese, Koreans 31% and Japanese 26.9% so far in 2012. This is because trade relations with these countries have considerably strengthened through the work of the Ministry of Commerce, Industry and Tourism.
Chilean company GeoPark reported its 3Q12 operational results which highlighted the importance of the company’s acquisitions in Colombia this year. (It bought Winchester Oil & Gas in January and Hupecol in March.) This quarter these new Colombian assets produced more oil than did GeoPark’s principal assets in Chile. However, Chilean operations produced over 21,000 MCFPD which when translated into equivalent barrels of oil meant the home country still lead in boepd.
Just a few short weeks after filing its fiscal year-end results, Canacol reported its 3Q12 calendar (1Q13 fiscal) results and the story was not a happy one. Revenues were down and the company reported a net loss of US$6.2M, its worst since 2010. Revenues were down because production was affected by a number of community blockages. The shift from so-called “Tariff” to normal production (which the company labels NRI) in the Rancho Hermosa block also had an impact.
The big news was what appears to be a significant find at La Casona-1 in partnership with Petroamerica. The company reports “1,300 bopd of 36 degree API light oil and 4.0 million cubic feet per day (“MMCFD”) of natural gas” from the La Casona-1 well. Third quarter results were flat with respect to 2Q12 but significantly higher than the same quarter last year.
In a press release, Sintana Energy announces a farm-out arrangement with ExxonMobile Exploration Colombia. The farm-out is for block VMM-37 in the Middle Magdalena Basin but only applies to unconventional plays on the block. For these ExxonMobile will earn a 70% interest on completion of the agreed work plan. Sintana retains 30% of an unconventional play and 100% of conventional production.
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.
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.
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%.
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.