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Regional roads, key to social resilience

When we started Hydrocarbons Colombia, we wrote a lot about roads. Roads were one of the main flashpoints between the industry and communities as heavy tanker-trucks and drill rigs tore up poorly maintained so-called ‘highways’ and too-frequent accidents created environmental and human suffering. Thankfully, that conflict seems to be largely behind us. Now Ismael Arenas, former head of Ecopetrol and current chairman of the Colombian Association of Engineers (ACIEM) reminds us that roads are still an issue needing coordinated action.

Monday, November 30th, 2020
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Never make a move too soon

Never make a move too soon

We have just finished the Third Oil and Gas Summit (III Cumbre de Petroleo y Gas) and as always it was packed with interesting sessions. While the ANH’s extended workshop on Friday will have the most impact in the short- and medium-term, my candidate for the most important long-term discussion was Thursday’s “Role of the hydrocarbons sector in the framework of the global recovery” (El rol del sector de hidrocarburos en el marco de la recuperación mundial), mostly because it had very little to do with the title.

Monday, November 23rd, 2020
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Lee DiStefano: Parting Words

At the recent Parex 3Q20 results call, CEO Dave Taylor officially announced that Lee DiStefano, Colombia President and Country Manager for the past 10 years, was retiring after 40 years in the industry. I wanted to get his views on the Colombian situation, so I asked for an ‘exit interview’ – virtually of course.

Friday, November 13th, 2020
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The shift to Transport continues at ECP

The shift to Transport continues at ECP

Lower oil prices and lower demand for fuel over the first nine months of 2020 accelerated the shift of Ecopetrol’s profits from producing products to transporting them.

Monday, November 9th, 2020
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Oh, Mexico

Some may think I should publish my comments about Mexico in Hydrocarbons Mexico but HCM readers already know this sad tale and these remarks are going to be related to Colombia as well.

Friday, October 30th, 2020
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PPAA – Present and Accounted (For)?

PPAA – Present and Accounted (For)?

Last week’s top story from a readership perspective was the list of companies that qualified for the government’s upcoming auction (PPAA). No doubt readers were looking for any surprises: new players or non-participants.

Sunday, October 25th, 2020
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Government policy in the face of lower oil prices

Last week’s article on long-term oil prices did not get a lot of readership. Maybe it was too heavy on the data analysis and too light on policy recommendations. This article focuses on policy.

Monday, October 19th, 2020
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Futures prices trending the wrong way

Futures prices trending the wrong way

Spot prices were up last week but President Trump’s physician has more influence over that than demand or supply fundamentals. Our long-term indicators are not going in the right direction.

Monday, October 12th, 2020
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Women in Oil and Gas Colombia

Last week, leaders from the oil and gas industry came together (virtually) to launch Mujeres Oil and Gas, an initiative to bring greater gender equity to the sector. We attended and brought back this report.

Monday, October 5th, 2020
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Peak oil demand

Peak oil demand

We normally do not write about global issues – we assume that you have your own sources for this information. But BP recently published its Energy Outlook after a long, Covid-19-induced delay, and, if an accurate reflection of the future, there are profound implications for the industry and for Colombia.

Monday, September 28th, 2020
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