- Columbus Energy Resources said it had been granted a private petroleum licence for the Bonasse area in Trinidad.

The licence, in the country's south west peninsula, included the Bonasse field.

'Whilst, in some ways, this is merely an extension of the current de facto situation, I believe it is an important step in that it formally recognises our rights and grants us the regulatory certainty to continue with our operations and planned drilling campaign,' executive chairman Leo Koot said.

At 2:21pm: [LON:CERP] Columbus Energy Resources Plc Ord 0.05p share price was -0.05p at 2.73p

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