The National Hydrocarbons Agency (ANH) has been willing to negotiate contract terms of E&P contracts as one of the benefits delivered to the industry due to the fall of oil prices. But rarely do these agreements get released to the public. A recent agreement made with Interoil over COR-6 gives us a small window into this process.
The National Hydrocarbons Agency (ANH) board of directors has approved regulatory changes to how it will assign blocks, and reports suggest it has taken into consideration at least some of the observations from the Colombian Petroleum Association (ACP).
The National Hydrocarbons Agency is accepting comments until January 31 on proposed changes to the area assignment process, the last step before implementing a new model which it hopes will offer more flexibility and attract new players and investment to Colombia.
The National Hydrocarbons Agency has canceled three contracts with Optima Oil and Range Resources for not meeting their contractual obligations and supplying inadequate letters of credit as a guarantee.
After a necessary change in the rules, which allowed individuals access to the recently-opened Mexican oil market, and after two disappointing Round One auctions, the third phase was held yesterday (December 15, 2015). All 25 available contracts were awarded, making it is the most successful round so far.
ANH President Mauricio de la Mora was practically exuberant at a ceremony in the ANH’s offices on Wednesday. And why not? Canacol (TSX:CNE) and ConocoPhillips (NYSE:COP) were signing the agency’s first additional unconventional contract and victory had been snatched from the jaws of defeat.
A mixed system for block auctions which includes a greater frequency of two a year and more flexibility in their rules is being drawn up the National Hydrocarbons Agency (ANH). Its board of directors is reviewing the plan.
The Colombian State Council found that the firm Gran Tierra Energy Colombia (TSX: GTE) has failed to meet the terms of a contract with Ecopetrol (NYSE:EC) and therefore owes the state oil firm CoP$6.2B (US$2M).
The National Hydrocarbons Agency (ANH) is preparing another set of regulatory changes, Agreement 05, which builds on past adjustments designed to make the sector more flexible in the new price scenario. This implements the change to directly assign blocks and could also include even more benefits for offshore contracts.