TABLE-Colombia October oil output above 1 million bpd -ministry
BOGOTA, Nov 6 (Reuters) - Colombia's crude oil production averaged 1,002,000 barrels per day in October, the Energy Ministry said on Thursday, 1.6 percent more than in the same month of 2013 and surpassing the 1 million barrel-per-day mark for the first time since June. The higher output in October, up 0.9 percent from September, helped nudge up average daily oil production so far this year to 987,000 barrels per day, a figure still below last year's 1.007 million barrels average. Despite billions of dollars of foreign investment, the Andean nation's oil sector has been dogged in the last few years by delays in issuing environmental licenses needed to drill and pump crude, attacks by Marxist rebels, and increasing community resistance to extractive industries. The dip in output so far this year versus last and a sharp slide in international crude oil prices have led to a 12.5 trillion peso ($6 billion) shortfall in Colombia's public finances for 2015. Colombia's natural gas production in October totaled 1.112 billion cubic feet per day, the ministry data showed, up 0.28 percent from September. Average daily gas production so far this year was at the same level of 1.112 billion cubic feet. The following is a breakdown of Colombia's average daily oil output: CRUDE OIL PRODUCTION ('000 of bpd): 2014 2013 OCT 1,002 986 SEPT 993 1,000 AUG 999 1,033 JULY 968 1,023 JUNE 1,008 978 MAY 950 1,019 APRIL 935 1,011 MARCH 977 1,013 FEB 1,002 997 JAN 1,014 1,015 2013 2012 DEC 1,008 984 NOV 1,014 970 OCT 986 961 SOURCE: Colombia's Energy Ministry ($1 = 2088.0000 Colombian Pesos) (Reporting by Peter Murphy; Editing by Leslie Adler)
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