The department of Hydrocarbons of the Ministry of Mines and Energy supports the implementation of policies that involve the different exploration and extraction operations of hydrocarbons throughout the national territory, formulating guidelines related to the comprehensive management of oil, gas and biofuel.

The Office of the Director of Hydrocarbons is in charge of drafting plans, programs and projects for the development of the hydrocarbon sector, in accordance with National Development Plans. Its tasks include the preparation of technical norms, the regulation of crude transportation, designing mechanisms for the distribution of fuel and supervising the concession of exclusive service areas for natural gas, among other responsibilities