BOGOTA, Nov 23 (Reuters) - The U.S. affiliate of Colombian state-run oil company Ecopetrol will explore for oil in four blocks in the Gulf of Mexico, the company said in a statement on Monday, partially in partnership with Anadarko U.S. Offshore Corp.
Three of the blocks, located offshore of Texas, will be explored in concert with Anadarko U.S. Offshore, a unit of Anadarko Petroleum Corp. The two companies offered $2.4 million for exploration rights, Ecopetrol said.
Ecopetrol has complete rights to exploration in the fourth block, for which it bid $2.8 million in August.
The U.S. government's Bureau of Ocean Energy Management has approved the bids. Ecopetrol first explored in the Gulf in 2008.
(Reporting by Julia Symmes Cobb and Luis Jaime Acosta; Editing by Leslie Adler)
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