They denounce an attack with shots and explosives in the Ecopetrol area in Magdalena Medio

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For now the facts are being investigated by the relevant authorities. It is the third attack in the area that receives the oil company

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Denounce attack with shots and explosives in Ecopetrol area in Magdalena Medio

File photo. REUTERS/Jaime Saldarriaga

On the morning of this Sunday, November 20, Ecopetrol denounced a new attack in one of the areas of the country where it carries out its work. According to preliminary information, at the location of the Casabe 1176 well, located on the path X-10, in the municipality of Yondó, unknown persons began shooting at the “company man's” booth and later detonated an explosive device.

“During the violent action, the shots affected the booth where the 'company man' of the allied company Consultec was located and later a low-power explosive device was detonated in one of the tires of the cementing unit of the Baker company,” says the statement from the Colombian company, in addition, they warned that 12 workers were at the scene at the time of the attack.

Given the facts, the corresponding authorities arrived at the scene to raise a investigation and to determine who was responsible. However, it is not the first time that one of these violent events has occurred in the area and against the oil company.

This is not the only area of ​​the country where the company has received attacks, as on Saturday Ecopetrol reported five robberies of elements of the oil and hydrocarbon infrastructure in the Lisama field, Barrancabermeja : “This incident affected an estimated area of ​​647 m2 of soil and 798 m2 of the Peroles stream, as well as tree species in the area and fauna such as babillas, hicoteas, eels, fish and crayfish,” the company detailed in a statement. statement.

Despite the damage and attacks, Ecopetrol's profits in the third quarter of 2022 were very good. According to the state company, it received 9.5 trillion pesos in said period, which meant a growth of 150% compared to the same three months of 2021, when profits reached 3.8 trillion pesos.

With this, the profits of the state oil company, during the first nine months of 2022, reached a total of 26.6 trillion pesos. According to Ecopetrol, these figures show an outstanding operating and commercial performance that supports the historical financial results.

“In these nine months of the year we achieved pre-pandemic production levels and reached a net profit of 26.6 billion”, the company specified.

It noted that these results reflect significant progress in the operational, geographic and commercial diversification strategy, the commitment to “sustainability” and the country's energy sovereignty, as well as the strength, stability and reliability of the various segments of the company. operation and the strict discipline of costs and capital that allowed the capture of accumulated efficiencies of more than 1.8 trillion pesos, reaching the proposed goal for all of 2022 in just nine months.

The operational and commercial performance, added to a favorable international crude oil price, allowed for better realization prices of the crude oil basket, an increase in the local sales volume of products (+8.9% in the third quarter of 2022 compared to the third quarter of 2021) and the growth in exports (+17.1% in the third quarter of 2022 compared to the third quarter of 2021).

In addition, given the behavior of price differentials of gasoline and diesel in the local market versus the international reference price, the account receivable from the Fuel Price Stabilization Fund (FEPC), corresponding to the second quarter of 2022 and the third quarter of 2022 amounts to 20.4 trillion pesos at the end of September 2022.

“We have continued to work with the national government to implement measures aimed at reducing this balance, which includes the incorporation of resources into the General Budget of the Nation and the beginning of the path of price adjustments at the local level”, noted Ecopetrol.