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Companies access ANH benefits, more on the way

A number of companies have already applied for benefits offered by the National Hydrocarbons Agency (ANH) thorough the Agreement 02, and the entity’s president Mauricio de la Mora says another round of measures are being planned.

Wednesday, June 24th, 2015
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Mexico auction taking shape

Pacific Rubiales (TSX:PRE) and Ecopetrol (NYSE:EC) are the only Colombia focused operators participating in the historic bidding round that will open the Mexican oil industry to private capital, which has advanced to the next stage.

Monday, June 15th, 2015
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More details emerge on false ANH bank guarantees

Last week reports of missing hard drives at the National Hydrocarbons Agency (ANH) with data on offshore blocks caught the attention of the local press. However probably a bigger story was on falsified bank guarantees for ANH contracts, conveniently slipped into the same press release. Now more details emerge on this latter issue.

Thursday, June 11th, 2015
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Pacific without Rubiales

Finally ruling on one of the more controversial and uncertain scenarios facing the Colombian oil industry, Ecoeptrol (NYSE:EC) has said it would not renew its association contract with Pacific Rubiales (TSX:PRE) for Colombia’s largest producing field, Rubiales.

Monday, March 16th, 2015
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Group proposes blocks come with licenses

For the next Colombia Round, the Colombian Society of Geology says the National Hydrocarbons Agency (ANH) should auction blocks with pre-approved environmental licenses, in order to lessen the potential impact of a process that has become one of the greater obstacles towards exploration and production in the country.

Wednesday, September 3rd, 2014
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MinMinas meeting with coal miners to discuss CBM

The Ministry of Mines and Energy (MinMinas) will meet this week with representatives of coal miners Cerrejón and Drummond, as well as Ecopetrol (NYSE:EC) to discuss Coal Bed Methane (CBM) that has been the center of conflict between the two coal miners over an unclear concession.

Monday, August 11th, 2014
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OGX says social, environmental concerns forced it to move on

Brazilian oil operator Óleo e Gás Participações (OGX) says that social and environmental issues pushed it to divest its Colombia assets in the Cesar Rancheria (CR) and Lower Magdalena (VIM) basins, and continues negotiating with the National Hydrocarbons Agency to reach an final exit plan.

Tuesday, August 5th, 2014
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Anadarko turns heads with aggressive offshore offer

Texas based oil operator Anadarko (NYSE:APC) walked away with three of the five offshore blocks assigned in the Colombia Round 2014, and has caught the attention of authorities after offering the largest amount for a single block, at US$123M.

Tuesday, July 29th, 2014
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ANH in overdrive to award more blocks in 2014 Round second phase

The National Hydrocarbons Agency (ANH) is pushing to have the reference terms ready in three weeks for the second phase of the Colombia Round 2014, which will look to award the 69 blocks that did not reserve a bid last week in the opening phase.

Monday, July 28th, 2014
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Only for experts

Only for experts

The 2014 Round of auctions is over and the Colombian government is all smiles (at least in public) with 26 of 95 blocks assigned. Unlike the previous round, all the onshore winners are companies already doing business in Colombia.

Wednesday, July 23rd, 2014
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