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Virtual coffee

One of my favorite – and most useful – things to do is catch up with people in the industry over coffee, or, at the end of the day, over something stronger – like vintage soda water. This habit, like many, has been transformed by the current crisis.

Monday, August 10th, 2020
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It’s not Colombia’s fault

It’s not Colombia’s fault

We can get down on the Colombian government for not supporting the oil and gas industry as we think it should be. But BP’s latest Energy statistics show that Latin America’s production problems are not caused by Colombia.

Monday, August 3rd, 2020
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Won’t get fooled again

At least that is my – perhaps naïve – hope. The ACIPET’s plea to not sell even 8% of Ecopetrol and recent events at Pemex and PDVSA have me thinking again about politicians’ love of state-owned-enterprises (SOEs) at least in some countries like Colombia.

Monday, July 27th, 2020
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The energy matrix evolves slowly

The energy matrix evolves slowly

Recently BP published its annual statistical report on energy and so we updated some of the charts we publish from time to time. As always it seems, the evolving energy matrix evolves more slowly than the related press.

Monday, July 20th, 2020
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Kill the goose that lays the golden eggs?

Recently, the Petroleum Engineers’ Association (ACIPET) has written a steady stream of short opinion articles and we have been publishing them from time to time in English. I am generally in agreement with their viewpoint but the latest has me scratching my head.

Monday, July 13th, 2020
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Welcome to Millennium Force

Welcome to Millennium Force

According to Google, the wildest roller coaster is Millennium Force in Cedar Point, Ohio. Whoever made that determination had not seen oil prices in 2020.

Monday, July 6th, 2020
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Changes

With an Uribist government in power, I did not think I would have to update my “MinMinas Tenure Database” until August 7th 2024. But on last Thursday evening, I was proven wrong.

Monday, June 29th, 2020
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Not flattening

Not flattening

This past week marked three months of official lockdown for Covid-19, a lockdown which is now loosening. For those who might not be watching the numbers closely, here are the trends.

Monday, June 22nd, 2020
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Rarefied atmosphere

Between Covid-19, the resulting economic collapse and social unrest spreading throughout much of the globe, many of the principles that underlay the way the world worked in this century are under question. Recently we published two opinion pieces on the environment by a Long-Time Reader and now we have this contribution by the petroleum engineers’ association, ACIPET.

Monday, June 15th, 2020
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Return of the discount

Return of the discount

We said we would not be updating our index of shares prices of Colombia-focused companies because, with the departure of Amerisur, there were too few for an average to be meaningful. But that declaration was published on January 20th. Shortly thereafter the wheels came off the oil industry and the world more generally. And so curiosity got the better of us.

Monday, June 8th, 2020
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