Colombia 2017 | ENERGY & MINING | COLUMN

TBY talks to Natalia de la Calle, General Manager, Oleoducto de Colombia on the sector.

Natalia de la Calle

How has 2017 been for the hydrocarbon transport sector?

In general, in the oil transport sector, there can only be success or failure tied to E&P activities, which have picked up during 2017. The direct consequence is that transport and logistics pick up at the same time. Today in Colombia, we have an oversupply in infrastructure in relation to the current production volumes. In 2017 and 2018, we are seeing and will see a slight increase, and we expect further increase beyond 2018. Offshore production will allow us to increase production, which will permit us to have our logistics and transport infrastructure working at maximum levels.

What impact is the peace deal having on hydrocarbon transport and logistics?

This is a huge and interesting challenge. Most notably, the pipelines in Colombia pass through many areas that have been targets of conflict in the past. We must work with people in these communities to ensure peace, as security is critical in transport, and Oleoducto has been a direct victim of the conflict. We aim to strengthen alliances within the community and make major social investments with the communities, investing money and time to strengthen the peace agreement.