On November 1, 2012, Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos addressed a summit of mayors of the departmental capitals. The president wanted to address the mayors’ main concerns so the whole speech touched on health, security and royalties. Below we translate the portion of the speech dealing with the latter topic. It is important for the hydrocarbons industry that royalties are well spent and give visibility to its contributions. From the President’s website. Extracted, translated and with commentary by Hydrocarbons Colombia.
The Colombian Congress has approved a CoP$17.7T (US$9.2B) royalty budget for the period 2013 – 2014. The Governing Committee (Comisión Rectora) approved this amount to be distributed to the various funds of the royalty system over the next two years. This was announced by MinHacienda, Mauricio Cárdenas, who highlighted the importance of the initiative for creating equity in Colombia. Cárdenas also said two efforts are being unified, the one of government through the Nation’s Budget and the one of regions through royalties, so as many projects can be done as possible, for the progress and prosperity the country seeks.
The current Finance Minister and former Mines and Energy Minister, Mauricio Cardenas gives his evaluation of the new royalty system. The system has been theoretically in place since January but it really only got going in 2Q12. From a MinHacienda press release. Translated and with commentary by Hydrocarbons Colombia.
The Colombian Petroleum Association (ACP) has published a press release on the negative impacts of a number of laws initiated by Congress – which are not backed by the government – that seek to increase government take and give back to local communities part of what they lost in royalties. Translated and with commentary by Hydrocarbons Colombia.
A panel discussion that was scheduled to feature the Ministers of Finance, Energy and Environment was well attended at a very senior level during the National Hydrocarbons Agency (ANH) conference held yesterday in Cartegena. However attendees came away disappointed. For one thing the MinAmbiente did not show up at all. For another there were a very limited number of new policy statements or clarifications of recent declarations.
October 11, 2012 From a MinMinas press release. Translated and with commentary by Hydrocarbons Colombia
October 10, 2012
From a MinMinas press release. Translated and with commentary by Hydrocarbons Colombia
NOTE: This is a high level summary for general interest. Anyone participating in the round should have the official documents translated from the original Spanish. We assume no responsibility for problems which might arise using this article as a basis for decisions or actions by those participating in the auction. The National Hydrocarbons Agency (ANH) has published an agenda for October 17, 2012, the day that participants in the 2012 Round will present their offers in Cartagena. The agenda is:
Chile-based GeoPark reported its first half 2012 results in a press release, highlighting acquisitions in Colombia that increased production and successful exploration in Colombia as well.
The company closed two acquisitions in Colombia in the first half and that contributed 88% of the 194% increase in revenues that the company recorded. The price was US$105M and revenue contribution for the first half was US$36M which should make the CFO and the shareholders happy.
From a press release by MinMinas. Translated and with commentary by Hydrocarbons Colombia.
MME, Bogotá, September 17, 2012. Eleven investment projects that will benefit the departments of Arauca, Guanía, Guaviare, Meta and Vaupés, were approved on Monday during a meeting of the College of Management and Decision (OCAD) of the Llanos, chaired by the Minister of Mines and Energy, Federico Renjifo.