Jeff Spath, SPE President and Jorge Glas, Vice-President of Ecuador
Chairs: Edgar Rangel, CNH Mexico and Jose Bashbush, Schlumberger
The panel in this session will set the framework for the workshop. Important representatives of regulatory energy bodies of Brazil, Colombia and Mexico will share and discuss perspectives on their efforts to create a sustainable environment for productive and socially responsible development. The interchange of ideas tailored to a variety of settings will create ways to cross-breed regulatory policies that promote growth within the norms of health, safety and security in their regions.
Chairs:Sebastian Valdivieso, Equitable Origin
One of the most important phases in the lifecycle of a project is early planning. A thorough understanding of sensitive environments is critical to properly identify and manage risks in these settings. This can be accomplished through environmental and socioeconomic studies, and effective stakeholder engagement early in the project lifecycle. Once risks are identified, planning can commence to properly manage risks through the application of best practices and technologies. This session will provide an opportunity to hear from experts about how this can be accomplished successfully in sensitive environments around the world.
Speaker: Edgar Rangel German, Commissioner CNH Mexico
Chair: Fernando L. Benalcazar, Equitable Origin
Oil and gas exploration activities must be carried out in ways that recognize, respect and address the specific rights, traditions and cultural implications for indigenous peoples, vulnerable communities whose territory or livelihoods may be affected by the project.
Chair: Mark Thurber, Ecology and Environment
Seismic acquisition programs conducted in sensitive environments are often the first opportunity to not only collect important geophysical data for an exploration program, but to provide access and resources to develop a detailed understanding of the biodiversity and other sensitive baseline components. This session highlights efforts to develop comprehensive biological baseline datasets useful for basic research and planning of subsequent phases of development, as well as best practices to protect these ecosystems during seismic acquisition.
Chairs: Carlos Perez, Halliburton and Carlos Ferraris, Petrobras
Drilling in environmental and social sensitive areas requires special attention, as well as use of the appropriate processes and technologies. The drilling process in exploration and exploitation of reservoirs in these areas is no exception. Companies must use alternatives that will assure positive results while avoiding unforeseen events that impact sensitive environments during the drilling activities. This session will illunstrate technologies and processes used to achieve sustainable operations during the drilling activities in said environments.
Chair: Italo Cedeño, Andes Petroleum
There may be no other industry today that demands a more diverse set of human, political, mechanical and technological capabilities than the oil and gas exploration and production industry. Competition for natural resources has driven companies to explore and produce in remote locations where even the simplest of logistical tasks can be difficult and costly. Success in remote areas will depend on appropriate selection of existing technologies and development of novel, more efficient ones. This session will provide an opportunity to share and learn from the field experiences of successful industry players.
Speaker: Ivan Drummond, M.D. International Health Care Brazil
Chairs: Nelson Delgado and Bruce Ontko, Andes Petroleum
The construction of onshore oil and gas facilities in environmentally and socially sensitive areas requires careful planning and coordination of all work activities given the logistical challenges in these typically harsh, remote areas. The design and constructability of facilities and associated infrastructures must limit environment impacts and incorporate the latest technologies that will allow facilities and well pads to be monitored and operated remotely. Developing a design philosophy for roads, platforms and processing facilities that minimizes construction impacts is essential. It is equally important to find a construction contractor that mitigates risk, takes proactive measures, rewards safety performance, routinely executes with no recordable or lost time incidents, and minimizes environmental and social impact. This session will provide several viewpoints regarding these issues when working in sensitive areas.
Chairs: Domingo Yi, Hunt Oil and Jose Araujo, Repsol
Oil and gas pipelines and flowlines are linear systems that can extend over great distances, potentially crossing a range of environments and sensitive areas. These conditions must be carefully characterized and considered in the route selection, basic design, detailed design, construction, operations and eventual decommissioning stages of a pipeline in order to adequately manage the social and environmental risks presented by these challenging contexts.
Chairs: Ramon Correa, ENI and Francisco Paz, Petroamazonas
The production facility processes hydrocarbon fluids. It also separates oil, gas, and the production water that must to be treated before disposal. Production and processing operations are controlled and monitored around the clock by specialist staff with the help of sophisticated control instruments and computers. There are multiple safeguards against possible risks. Critical facility parameters must continually monitor and provide quick alerts in order to prevent harm against the people and the environment. This session will discuss this process and also address emissions and noise abatement in the oil production facility.
Chairs: Rene Ortiz, Former OPEC Secretary General
Is “zero tolerance” for an oil service or operating company a viable policy? Or is permanent on the job training and do-it-right methodologies, with the best practices and independent certification, and auditing the answer? We all know that “human error” is a stress-free cherished measure in order to justify a task laxity by any worker at an operating site or even at an office desk. While it may seen trivial or irrelevant, technologies, technics and expertise involving a plan, program and policy can fail if “on the job training” is overlooked and not resolutely embraced every minute of work. Join us to learn from and discuss the experience of companies facing real oils spills.
Rene Ortiz - F. Benalcazar - C. Perez