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Where do we go now?

It is early January and time for my annual look ahead. The working title for this piece is always “Fearless Forecasts” but this year I am rather fearful.

Monday, January 14th, 2019
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Where does Capex go with Brent so low?

Where does Capex go with Brent so low?

Colombia-focused oil companies dutifully did their 2019 planning, a meticulous process requiring formal Board approval, which can take many months to complete. But at the beginning of October, Brent started to slide nearly 37%, from US$84.16 on October 5th to US$53.21 on December 28th, although it was up considerably last week (Jan 4th) to US$57.06.

Monday, January 7th, 2019
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The Consequences of Cumaral

The Constitutional Court has been active lately, addressing a number of important issues like the apparent legal conflict between the central government’s ownership of the subsoil resources and local communities’ rights to determine what happens on the surface. We were talking with Hernán Rodríguez, Partner at Dentons, Cárdenas and Cárdenas about the conundrum and he offered this discussion of so-called ‘Cumaral ruling’ which resolves some issues but introduces others.

Monday, January 7th, 2019
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Ecopetrol having a great year in E&P but…

Ecopetrol having a great year in E&P but…

Like most everyone else in the industry, Ecopetrol (NYSE:EC) is having a great year financially and statistically. However, the integrated nature of the the NOC means it takes a bit of work to see what is happening in just the E&P business.

Monday, December 10th, 2018
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Dear A…

Dear A: Thanks for the Don Julio Reposado the other night in your apartment. It was the perfect antidote to a damp and cold Bogotá night. I looked up the El Tiempo anti-fracking article that had disturbed you so much and it was full of so many half-truths and complete falsehoods, that I wrote this letter to clarify it for you.

Monday, December 10th, 2018
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Colombia falls in Fraser Institute ratings

Colombia falls in Fraser Institute ratings

At the Oil and Gas Summit, both MinMinas Maria Fernanda Suárez and ANH head Luis Miguel Morelli promised a competitiveness study to see where Colombia had to improve its regulation. The well-respected Canadian extractive-industry think-tank, the Fraser Institute (FI) has either done that for them or given them a place to start.

Monday, December 3rd, 2018
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“Has Duque Gotten Off to a Good Start in Colombia?”

The ‘100-days’ stories were a week or two ago and I had planned to write a ‘Duque-year-end-in-review’ article on December 17th, my last ‘long-form’ article of the year. But well-respected think-tank Inter-American Dialogue published this report last Friday and I thought I should take advantage of the multiple points of view.

Monday, December 3rd, 2018
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Will gas become a better business than oil again?

Will gas become a better business than oil again?

On paper, Colombia has about 11 years of gas reserves. But the production forecast shows shortfalls occurring very shortly. Getting investors to search for domestic gas should be a regulatory priority but a better gas netback would also help their decisions.

Monday, November 26th, 2018
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Whose Nature Is It Anyway?

This week we have a thoughtful (and beautifully written) reflection by Luis Pacheco on the great controversy of our industry: the struggle to find a balance between development and conservation. MinAmbiente Ricardo Lozano’s set phrase – produce while conserving and conserve while producing – sounds great but reality is far more complex as Luis shows us here.

Monday, November 26th, 2018
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Flattening prices but rising costs

Flattening prices but rising costs

The results for Colombia-focused companies are published, so we updated our statistics on oil prices and netbacks. It was not a great quarter but not a bad one either. As always, individual results may vary; we are looking at Colombian averages.

Monday, November 19th, 2018
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