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Colombia hopes auction will add 1 billion barrels to oil reserves

Staff Writer | February 22, 2019
Colombia hopes to increase its oil reserves by 1 billion barrels by auctioning 20 possible production areas as part of its push to bolster the oil sector, the government said on Thursday.
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LatAm   The government held off recent bidding rounds
The government held off recent bidding rounds because of low international crude prices, repeatedly postponing an auction that had been set to take place last year.

"With the 20 blocks that we are submitting for investment consideration, we hope to discover about 1 billion barrels of oil," Luis Miguel Morelli, president of the National Hydrocarbons Agency (ANH), told reporters.

The government expects investment of about $600 million to explore the 18 onshore blocks and two offshore blocks that will begin to be awarded in June, Morelli said.

Colombia has proven reserves of 1.7 billion barrels, equivalent to 5.7 years of consumption, with average production of 865,000 barrels per day. About 50 percent is destined for domestic consumption and the rest for export.