Saul Kattan, president of the board of directors of Ecopetrol, recognized the possibility of buying gas from Venezuela in dialogue with Blu Radio and pointed out that the examination of this possibility will only begin depending on several factors.
“With all this El Niño phenomenon we could end up having a gas shortage in the next year or two years and we have to cover this, for that we are evaluating possibilities and One of them is to be able to buy gas from Venezuela if the conditions allow it.Kattan announced.
“What do conditions mean? If they have the gas, if we have a way to bring it, the infrastructure and the legal issues with VenezuelaUnited States sanctions, etc,” he reported.
And he added that once all these conditions are evaluated and “if we have a gas shortage and if we require gas we will look at that option as one of the options.”; However, starting in 2026 or 2027 we are going to have a lot of gas in Colombia. So this is something temporary, all the gas we have offshore in the Caribbean is going to be gas that we will have for 30 or 40 years. “We are not worried about looking ahead.”
He acknowledged that it is one of several options, but that it is possible, “it would happen, if it happens, in a year. It is not an immediate thing, but the options are being looked at, Venezuela is an option by being next to us, if we have enough infrastructure to bring gas quickly and easily from Venezuela to Colombia, it would be an important help at this time of shortages. , but there are other alternatives that we are looking at.”
Regarding this possible gas shortage, send a message of peace of mind: “We have several years of gas reserves, however phenomena such as El Niño could lead to greater gas consumption how to generate energy through thermoelectric plants and if this occurs and, depending on the magnitude; We could have a few months of gas shortages but the future does not worry me, it could become something in the short term and temporary.”
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