Bottom Line: A state-owned company looking mostly to work with other state-owned companies like Ecopetrol. Probably not much opportunity for private companies except at high political risk.
Bogota, July 18, 2012 Bottom Line: We do not normally track non-Colombian announcements but Ecopetrol is no ordinary Colombian oil and gas company. It’s CAPEX decisions have a huge impact on the country’s hydrocarbons industry.
Bottom Line: Cenit moves beyond being a press release to being a real company. The Board of Ecopetrol has authorized management to do the transactions but none of the assets has yet been transferred.
July 17, 2012 There are four oil companies in the Colombian stock market: state-owned Ecopetrol, Pacific Rubiales, Petrominerales and Canacol.
Bottom Line: Gas conversions are up as are gas connections overall. Until some of the LNG export plans come on line, local demand will drive producer revenues.
Bottom Line: Local demand for hydrocarbons and coal remain important especially for gas. MinMinas continues with the theme of child labor in traditional mining.