Ecopetrol S.A. reported that its Board of Directors has approved an investment plan for 2015 of US$7.86 billion.
The 2015 investments aim to achieve production of crude and gas amounting to around 760,000 bpd of petroleum equivalent as an annual average for the Group, of which 710,000 bbls are accounted for by Ecopetrol S.A.
The investments approved for 2015 are in line with the new, long-term corporate strategy (2030) which is currently being developed, focused on generating value and sustainability. The investments are consistent with the current situation of oil prices in the international market.
Ecopetrol has revised its portfolio of growth projects and implemented a strict process for reducing operating costs, prioritizing strategic investments that maximize value for shareholders. The plan for reducing operating costs and expenses stands at US$3.56 billion, without prejudice to any additional optimizations under consideration by the Board of Directors.
Of the US$7.86 billion total investment approved for the Group, US$4.11 billion will be invested directly in projects of Ecopetrol S.A. and US$3.75 billion in projects of affiliates and subsidiaries. 92% of the investments will be made in Colombia and the remaining 8% will be made abroad through affiliated companies. The predominant percentage of funds will be allocated towards production, the completion of the modernization of the Cartagena refinery, and strengthening of transportation capacity.