Lamor manages drill cuttings and other waste in Ecuador, helping to protect the natural environment.
Lamor has worked in Ecuador for many years, such as in Orellana Province where they manage drill cuttings and other environmental liabilities derived from the oil and gas industry.
“We transport, treat and finally dispose of material derived from the oil drilling campaigns carried out earlier,” explains Francisco Tapia, Lamor’s Service Commercial Manager for Latin America. “Much of this material is contaminated by heavy metals and hydrocarbons, so we need to be careful when managing it.”
Ecuador has a well-developed oil and gas industry with strict environmental regulations. Modern standards are much better than they were a few decades ago, so it is common practice that the government now requires the old waste to be cleaned up. In this case, as well, Lamor will handle some old contaminated sites as well as some new drill cuttings.“Our remediation activities depend on the specific characteristics of the material,” Tapia continues. “The old contamination can be quite complicated to treat, as it is a complex mixture of soil and other anthropic materials.”
Lamor carefully analyses the material and monitors its journey through the entire remediation process to make sure it is up to local and international standards. Lamor manages the material using a variety of technologies, such as physical, chemical and biological processes to clean out hydrocarbons and heavy metals. When the soil is treated and up to standard, it is reused where possible, such as in construction and revegetation projects inside the treatment center.
“The drilling site is deep in the jungle and the cuttings need to be transported 25-30 kilometers to the treatment center,” Tapia continues. “We are careful about transporting hazardous materials, so we work with our local partners and authorities to develop an incident management system for the route. Our first priority is to avoid any accidents, but in case something happens, we want to be prepared to act immediately.”
About 95 percent of the personnel and materials for the project come from local communities. Tapia says that since this is their home, it is important to have the local communities involved in all stages of the remediation activities.
“We have successfully treated drill cuttings and environmental liabilities in many places in South America and we have global experience as well,” says Tapia. “We are happy to continue to work in Ecuador with our local partners to manage this important task.”