Ecopetrol started importing gas through the Colombian Pacific Coast

A six-month trial began to deliver natural gas efficiently, reliably, and safely to the district of Buenaventura (Valle del Cauca).  PHOTO: ECOPETROL
A six-month trial began to deliver natural gas efficiently, reliably, and safely to the district of Buenaventura (Valle del Cauca). PHOTO: ECOPETROL

Ecopetrol and Cenit, a subsidiary company of the Ecopetrol Group, launched a pilot project for the importation of small-scale liquefied natural gas destined for the district of Buenaventura, Valle del Cauca. This, with the purpose of guaranteeing a reliable gas supply alternative and providing greater autonomy in the supply of this fuel for some areas in the west of the country.

This operation allows for an alternate supply plan thanks to the logistical ease offered by a satellite regasification plant, which can be located anywhere under a safe, flexible, efficient and quickly executed scheme.

In this case, the regasification plant will be located in Buenaventura and its function is to convert the imported product that arrives in a ship to the port from a liquid to a gaseous state, to later deliver it to the local distributor and this in turn to the final consumers. .

During the 6 months that this proof of concept lasts, 0.320 Gbtud (gas measurement unit) will be imported to meet about 60% of the current demand of the Buenaventura district. In the next few hours, the gas will be delivered to the distribution system.

In this way, it seeks to incorporate technical, logistical and operational knowledge so that the Ecopetrol Group implements new projects that benefit more users of natural gas.

“The development of this type of innovative initiatives allows us to reach more Colombians with natural gas, which is a low-emission energy source. Micro LNG gives us the option of having small volumes that in the future will allow us to serve remote communities, and ensure market growth in municipalities such as Popayán, Pasto, Florencia and Tumaco, among others”, said the Vice President of Low Emissions Solutions, Yeimy Baez.

For his part, the president of Cenit, Héctor Manosalva, said that “with the start-up of a satellite plant for regasification of liquid natural gas in Buenaventura, we corroborate our commitment to the energy transition and, in turn, as the Ecopetrol Group, we generate impacts positive social networks in non-interconnected areas of the National Transportation System”.

This announcement comes just a few days after Ecopetrol and Petrobras will confirm the discovery of a natural gas accumulation with the Uchuva 1 exploratory welldrilled in deep waters in Colombia, 32 kilometers from the coast and 76 kilometers from the city of Santa Marta, capital of the Magdalena, with a water column of approximately 830 meters.

The Uchuva well was drilled in the Tayrona block, in which Petrobras is the operator with a 44.4% stake and Ecopetrol has the remaining 55.6%.

“This result is the result of the contractor’s actions to enhance the use of data through the application of new technological solutions in geology and geophysicsin addition to the experience in operations in deep waters”, they indicated from Ecopetrol.

The opening of this new frontier is in line with Ecopetrol’s strategic pillar to maximize the value of its portfolio, with a focus on exploration of deep and ultra-deep water assets. The result achieved increases the prospects for the development of a new frontier of exploration and production in the north of the Colombian Caribbean.

“This discovery is very significant for Ecopetrol and Colombia because it ratifies the importance of the Caribbean as one of the main sources of gas for our country. We are very pleased to open this new frontier in an area near Chuchupa-Ballenas, gas fields that have marked the history of our offshore operations for four decades and have contributed significantly to the ‘gasification’ of the country. This is great news for the more than 10 million Colombian families that today use gas in their daily lives,” said the president of Ecopetrol, Felipe Bayón.

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