TABLE-Colombia August oil output down 3.2 pct yr/yr -ministry
BOGOTA, Sep 10 (Reuters) - Colombia's crude oil production averaged 999,000 barrels per day in August, 3.2 percent lower than in the same month of 2013, but up 3.2 percent compared with July, the Energy Ministry said on Wednesday. Though output was affected by rebel attacks on pipelines and several system failures, the armed forces are implementing a new plan to curb bombings, the statement said. The August figure takes average daily output this year to 983,000 bpd. That is still below 2013's average output of 1.007 million bpd, a cut which has concerned the government which had banked on higher oil revenues to fund the budget. Colombia's natural gas production in August totaled 1.08 billion cubic feet per day, the ministry data showed, down 9.8 percent compared with the same period last year and a 1 percent increase over July. The following is a breakdown of Colombia's average daily oil output: CRUDE OIL PRODUCTION ('000 of bpd): 2014 2013 AUG 999 1,033 JULY 968 1,023 JUNE 1,008 978 MAY 950 1,013 APRIL 935 1,011 MARCH 977 1,013 FEB 1,002 997 JAN 1,014 1,011 2013 2012 DEC 1,007 984 NOV 1,012 970 OCT 986 961 SEPT 995 956 SOURCE: Colombia's Energy Ministry (Reporting by Bogota newsroom; Editing by Marguerita Choy)
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