Canacol is part of the energy transition towards a cleaner energy matrix in Colombia. Natural gas is increasingly important for Colombia as the country phases out oil and coal as energy sources, replacing them with natural gas in a transition to a cleaner, more renewable energy matrix. his will be essential in achieving targets of reducing greenhouse gases (GHGs) and particulate matter, especially within large population centers. The Colombian government is committed to a 20% reduction of GHG emissions by 20301. To meet the government's target, natural gas will be critical, thus usage in Colombia is expected to grow 3-6% annually from 2020 to 20501.
Continued declines in the major state-owned natural gas producing fields in Colombia, coupled with a rapidly growing local economy with growing energy demand and an increasing preference for clean-burning natural gas over coal or oil, are the ingredients of a very favorable business climate for Canacol.
Production from the country’s two largest state-owned gas fields, both discovered in the 1970s and which currently supply around 65% of the market, has been steadily decreasing since 2014. In 2012, Canacol decided to focus exclusively on natural gas, where consistently high and stable prices, combined with exceptionally low production costs, can support operational predictability and stability. Our successful exploration drilling programs have allowed Canacol to both replace the declining production from the large fields and keep up with rapidly growing gas demand, ensuring that Colombia’s gas requirements are and will continue to be met for the foreseeable future.
Currently, we are the leading independent gas exploration and production company in Colombia, supplying approximately 25% of the country’s gas needs and more than 50% of the Caribbean Coast’s gas demand2.
Canacol aims to grow its gas sales to over 330 million standard cubic feet per day by 2024. To achieve this milestone, we plan to drive forward to develop multiple new sales channels and expansion of existing channels, through growth projects including:
Starting in 2012 Canacol shifted from being predominantly oil-focused, to being purely gas-focused today. Via our successful exploration drilling programs, and our ability to efficiently commercialize new gas reserves, we have grown gas production from 2012 to 2019 around 13x, to a production level of around 200 million standard cubic feet per day. Our production growth has been possible by developing and/or sponsoring new gas transportation infrastructure, creating a significant competitive edge over potential competitors.
Canacol’s gas sales are executed under USD denominated, fixed price take-or-pay contracts, which protect us from the volatility of commodity prices. We generate stable free cash flow, which allow us to return value to our shareholders via quarterly dividend payments and share buybacks.
Canacol has an impressive track record of gas exploration success of 84%. Between 2013 and 2019, we have added 696 BCF of 2P conventional natural gas reserves from exploration and commercial success in 31 out of 35 drilled wells, representing a 37% CAGR at an industry leading three-year 2P F&D cost of US$ 0.67/Mcf3.
Canacol operates over 1.4 million net acres in 8 exploration and production gas contracts in Colombia, located in the Lower & Middle Magdalena Basins. Our proved plus probable (2P) gas reserves have been assessed at 624 billion cubic feet with a before tax present value, discounted at 10%, of $2.1 billion dollars3. In addition, 162 identified future exploration and development drilling prospects and leads have been assessed to contain 4.7 trillion cubic feet of gross mean un-risked prospective natural gas resources4.
The estimated prospective resources, combined with our remarkable exploration track record, underline the significant potential of Canacol’s exploration and production blocks. With a large future drilling inventory, Canacol is positioned to remain an important supplier to Colombia’s gas market well into the future.
1. Source: UPME Plan Energético Nacional, February 2020.
2. Source: Canacol and Ministry of Mines and Energy.
3. Source: Independent reserves report prepared by Boury Global Energy Consultants Ltd., effective December 31, 2019. A full description of the calculation of FD&A costs and Recycle Ratios is provided in our press release dated February 19, 2020.
4. Source: Independent resources report prepared by Gaffney, Cline & Associates, effective December 31, 2019.