Some 149ft (45mn) of gas was identified during drilling of the Pandereta-1 exploratory well in the lower Magdalena valley basin.
The public has until November 30 to comment on a draft decree authorizing an Ecopetrol subsidiary to generate, transport and distribute electricity.
Nuevo León and Jalisco states have applied to the country's energy regulator for permission to use ethanol to oxygenate gasoline and improve air quality.
Crisis-stricken Venezuela agrees to pay back US$3.15bn over the next decade with minimal repayments in the first six years, officials said on Wednesday.
The hydrocarbons commission will launch a tender this week after the one launched in October was declared void on November 6.
With the aim of maintaining tighter control over "social tariffs," the government is demanding all energy distributors feed rate information into a national database.