TABLE-Colombia March oil output rises 4.3 pct to 1.02 mln bpd
BOGOTA, April 7 (Reuters) - Colombia produced an average 1.021 million barrels of crude per day (bpd) in March, down a fraction from February, but up 4.3 percent from the same month a year earlier, the Mines and Energy Ministry said on Tuesday. Colombia's association of private-sector oil producers expects output to rise slightly this year over 2014's average 988,100 bpd, despite a sharp drop in crude oil prices. Natural gas production in March decreased 7 percent from the same month last year to an average 1.049 billion cubic feet per day, the ministry said. State-run Ecopetrol produces more than half of Colombia's oil, while Toronto-listed Pacific Rubiales is the biggest private player. The following is a breakdown of Colombia's average daily oil output; some of the 2014 figures have been modified slightly by the National Hydrocarbons Agency: CRUDE OIL PRODUCTION ('000 of bpd): 2015 2014 MARCH 1,021 979 FEB 1,027 1,004 JAN 1,035 1,014 2014 2013 DEC 1,007 1,008 NOV 1,002 1,014 OCT 1,004 986 SEPT 996 1,000 AUG 1,002 1,033 JULY 971 1,023 JUNE 1,011 978 MAY 952 1,019 APRIL 938 1,011 MARCH 979 1,013 SOURCE: Colombia's Energy Ministry (Reporting by Peter Murphy; Editing by Gunna Dickson)
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