ANH Pre-qualifies 24 for E&P Round

Colombia's hydrocarbons regulator ANH has prequalified 24 companies for bidding in a round dubbed the "first competitive process of 2007," according to a statement from the ANH.

ANH launched the round July 6 for blocks located in seven areas in the Llanos Orientales, Putumayo and Valle Superior e Inferior del Rio Magdalena regions of Colombia.

The prequalified companies are: Bogotá-based Hupecol Caracara; Houston-based New Horizon Exploration; Toronto-based Tethys Petroleum; Ramshorn International of the US; Texas-based Lewis Energy; a consortium formed by Petrotesting and Southeast; Calgary-based Solana Resources; Colombia's Rancho Hermoso; Caracas-based Vetra Group; a temporary business union formed by Ingenieria y Servicios Petroleros, Inversiones Petroleras de Colombia, Termotécnica Coindustrial and Servicios Bioestratigráficos Bioss; Colombia's Drilling and Workover Services; Calgary-based Gran Tierra Energy; Colombia's Petrominerales; Interoil; Colombia's state oil company Ecopetrol; Maurel Et Prom's Hocol; Calgary-based Petrolifera Petroleum; Toronto-based Pacific Stratus' Seep subsidiary; a temporary business union formed by Kappa Resources and Integral Production Management; London-based Emerald Energy; Perenco of the UK; the Consorcio Internacional de Energia y Petroleo consortium (NCT Energy Group-Inepetrol); Meta Petroleum; and Consorcio NCT-Petrotesting.

A number of the companies including Tethys, Lewis Energy and Interoil currently list no activities in Latin America.

A final list of companies authorized to participate in the round will be published on September 27, and financial offers will be presented on October 2.

Financial evaluations are due to be undertaken between October 29 and November 9, and the ANH will publish a list of companies eligible for the block awards on November 15.

Many companies were reluctant to comment on the process when contacted by BNamericas because of the competitiveness of the awards.

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