Ecuadoran polyduct declared in emergency due to its critical condition

Wednesday, January 9, 2019

During a tour with the media, carried out this January 9, the Deputy Minister of Energy and Natural Resources Nonrenewable, Patricio Larrea, announced that the slope near the spill channel of Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) Terminal of Clean Products Cuenca was declared in emergency due to cracking in its infrastructure.

The tour was carried out to observe the conclusions of the technical evaluation carried out by ABS Group Consulting Inc., of the USA, to the Poliducto Pascuales Cuenca (PPC) project, which has been endorsed by the United Nations Program. for Development (UNDP).

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One of the main findings of the evaluation was the identification of construction deficiencies in the Cuenca Terminal, compromising the stability of its infrastructure, as it could be observed by authorities of the Ministry of Energy and Non-Renewable Natural Resources, Petroecuador and means of communication.

Jhon Ochoa, Transport Manager of the Petroecuador EP, described as "extremely sensitive" the current situation of the Cuenca Terminal. "It does not comply with international standards for the operation, in addition there is serious damage to the soil that compromises the stability of spheres and storage tanks of this hydrocarbon plant," he said.

There is also damage to the seals, pumps and operating valves of the PPC, which is why its operation is at 50% of its nominal pumping capacity.

In the case of maintaining the operations of the dispatch center, located in the sector of Chaullabamba, north of Cuenca, province of Azuay, the cost of improving the infrastructure would be USD 48 million, or if you choose to build a new one installation the value would amount to USD 201 million, concluded the evaluation company.

Due to the critical situation in the Basin Terminal, Pablo Flores, General Manager of EP Petroecuador, said that corrective measures are used to safeguard the safety of personnel, the population in the area of influence and guarantee the normal supply of fuel.

The manager Flores also announced that the National Polytechnic School (EPN) carried out, since December 2018, studies of seismic, geotechnical drilling and hydrological to determine more causes that are affecting the structural stability of the soil. With the results of these studies, new corrective measures will be applied to the critical situation of the Basin Terminal, he announced.

In the coming weeks, authorities from the Ministry of Energy and Natural Resources and the Petroecuador Public Company will make new visits to the other projects evaluated by international companies, with the endorsement of UNDP, in order to observe their conclusions.

This Petroecuador release was published using an automatic translation system.