Colombia Briefs: Oil Production Impacts, Duque On Protests

(Energy Analytics Institute, 18.May.2021) — Energy briefs from the Latin America and Caribbean region including: Colombia’s President Iván Duque saying his government was pursuing national dialogue with the multiple groups involved in protests across the South American country, and ongoing protests in Colombia impacting on oil producers Gran Tierra and GeoPark.

Colombia’s Duque Says Government Pursuing Dialogue

Iván Duque seen during meetings amid the national strike. Source: Colombian government

Colombia’s President Iván Duque announced during an interview with Caracol television that his government was pursuing national dialogue to find a quick end to a national strike, which has been accompanied by street protest for almost three weeks by students seeking more affordable education jobs, retirees on pensions and other citizens across Colombia from indigenous groups to Afro-Colombians.

Duque said the protests have multiple elements including peaceful protesters, violent protesters and others involved in blocking roads across the South American country.

“The government respects the peaceful protests and is willing to listen and engage in dialogue with these protesters to talk about the issues,” Duque said during the interview, adding that those provoking violence and destruction would face the consequences of their actions since many of their acts were jeopardizing the basic human rights of many citizens.

Colombia Producers Warn Of Production Impacts

Oil producers in Colombia from Gran Tierra to GeoPark have warned of production impacts as a result of nearly three weeks of a national strike, peaceful and violent protests and road blockages.

Gran Tierra warned that it has already shut-in production of approximately 5,250 barrels per day of oil while GeoPark has warned of net production curtailments of around 12,000-15,000 barrels per day of oil equivalents.

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