Chevron, Repsol and 30 others may bid to drill Colombian oil blocks


Chevron Corp. and Repsol were among the 32 companies approved by
Colombia to bid on 43 oil exploration areas as the country seeks to
boost output to a million barrels a day by 2020.

Ecopetrol SA, Petroleo Brasileiro SA and Reliance Industries Ltd. joined companies from Turkey, South Korea and China on the list that the National Hydrocarbons Agency, Colombia’s oil and gas regulator, posted on its Web site today.

Colombia is seeking to recover from a production decline that threatened to end the country’s role as an oil exporter.

Companies will be able to bid Nov. 7 and the government will pick
operators by the end of the year, according to the agency. Winners will
be required to explore their areas rather than hold and sell them.

China National Petroleum Corp. and Petro Andina Resources Inc. were
among six companies that had their applications to take part in the
bidding rejected for failure to meet agency requirements.

Melesia Kasha, manager of corporate affairs at Petro Andina, didn’t
immediately respond to an e-mail seeking comment. A receptionist in
CNPC’s Caracas office said no one was available to comment. The
communications office at the National Hydrocarbons Agency didn’t
respond to three calls. (Bloomberg)


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