Canada’s Frontera Energy has suspended operations at its Cubiro oil field in northeastern Colombia after threats and attacks against workers, the company said Feb. 5.
Protests, attacks by National Liberation Army (ELN) rebels and community and judicial efforts to ban extractive industries are widely considered the top threats to Colombia’s oil industry.
The Cubiro Field, located in Casanare province, produces 3,600 barrels per day (bbl/d). Average daily output in the Andean country fell 3.59% year-on-year in 2017 to 854,121 bbl/d, largely because of attacks and operational challenges at some fields.
“Unfortunately excessive demands by a minority group of people in San Luis de Palenque, a group that does not represent the municipality’s leaders or the community, have forced the company to make this decision,” Frontera said in an emailed statement, adding some workers had been injured. The company did not provide details about how or when the workers were hurt.
The Cubiro Field employs 163 workers, the statement added, and has produced $30 million in royalties for the government since 2015. Frontera is willing to negotiate a re-opening of the field, it said, but not while workers are under threat.
Exxon Quits Drilling in Brazil After Failing to Find Oil
2023-04-05 - Exxon bet billions of dollars on offshore drilling in Brazil, but has yet to make a major oil discovery as an operator in Brazil's water.
Exxon Resumes Operations in Nigeria After Labour Dispute Ends
2023-04-27 - Exxon resumed operations at its facilities in Nigeria after resolving a labour dispute over pay and conditions with its in-house union.
OTC: Brazil Targets 5 MMbbl/d Production by 2030
2023-05-02 - Brazil’s oil regulator ANP wants the country to increase oil production from 3.3 MMbbl/d to 5 MMbbl/d by 2030, the agency General Director Rodolfo Henrique de Saboia said at OTC.
Exxon-operated Uaru Contracts Awarded
2023-05-08 - Contracts for the project’s FPSO and subsea equipment and installation were awarded to MODEC, TechnipFMC and Saipem.
Dutch Government Confirms Plan to Halt Gas Production in Groningen
2023-04-25 - The Dutch government is halting gas production at Groningen, even as the field holds massive reserves of natural gas.