The commitment made by OCP Ecuador S.A. is to contribute to the development of Ecuador through crude oil transport operations that are reliable, safe, efficient, and committed with the environment. As such, emergency response is a cross-cutting process within the Company that comprises an integrated system of plans and procedures that ensure compliance with prevention, training, preparation, monitoring, coordination, and control activities for an effective and efficient response to various emergency situations that could arise in onshore facilities (stations, terminals, warehouses, offices, 485 kms of Right-of-Way) and offshore facilities (warehouse, underwater pipelines, and mono-buoys with its accessories).
Committed with environmental protection, human resources, and Corporate Social Responsibility, OCP Ecuador, through a quick and effective Emergency Response guarantees complying with, or surpassing, the stipulations contained in legal norms concerning health, safety, and the environment.
Through the application of the process established for emergency response, OCP Ecuador, prevents, anticipates, and manages non-planned and non-desired events that could cause consequences that may affect the Company, its personnel, contractors, community, and the environment.
The Emergency Response process establishes prevention, reaction / control, and return to normal operation activities.
Early Warning. Procedure for the detection of possible emergencies through the compilation of operational information, through which based on the monitoring and analysis of risk parameters established by the Company’s key processes, determine the activation or not of Emergency Response activities.
Operational Monitoring. From the Main Control Room (MPCC), OCP continuously monitors the Pipeline’s operation through technological support systems such as the: System Control and Data Acquisition System (SCADA), leak detection system (LDS), Unidirectional flow and block valves, Integrated Electronic Security System (SISE), offshore telemetry, periodic inspections of the Right-of-Way performed through land and air monitoring, and pipeline integrity through internal cleanup and inspection. Given a doubt or in the event of a proven emergency, the pumping operations are immediately halted.
Training. Every year, OCP Ecuador implements and develops a training and drill program in order to permanently train its own personnel, contractors, mutual support companies, local authorities, the community, and first responders on issues related to: fire fighting, oil spills, medical evacuations, natural disasters, accidents, terrorist attacks, among others.
Community Relations. OCP Ecuador’s vision establishes strategic alliances in various fronts; one of them is to maintain a close relationship with the community settled along the area of influence of the Pipeline, because it considers that community members will be among the first to detect possible undesired events and will report them through the Toll-free Emergency Telephone Line: 1800 SOS OCP (1800-76-76-27) supported by 38 cellular bases located in Mayors’ offices, parish boards, and fire stations at communities where the Pipeline crosses them. As a complement, the Emergency Response Plan is socialized to local authorities and the community in general. [WESTERN OCP Cellular Bases] [EASTERN OCP Cellular Bases]
Reliability. The response effectiveness to an undesired event is based on having, at any given moment, emergency control equipment in perfect working order, for which the Company performs a monthly inventory, along with periodic tests and maintenance. Furthermore, it performs inspections, maintenance, and construction works for control and oil spill detection points.
External Support. Another strategic alliance is that comprised by Mutual Support Plans and agreements with public and private agencies and companies for improved emergency response.
REACTION / CONTROL ACTIONS
Emergency response. Once an emergency has been declared, the OCP will apply the Emergency Response Plan containing applicable procedures and instructions to control and combat an undesired emergency event, Mutual Support Plans and Agreements will be activated, and the competent land or marine authority will be informed.
The Emergency Response Plan activates an effective organizational structure depending on the magnitude of the undesired event anywhere in the Pipeline.
For such Response, the OCP has a technical support system comprised of a redundant telecommunications system (IT) for any site not covered by the operational digital network, and a geographic information system (GIS) containing digitalized information of the entire Pipeline.
RETURN TO NORMAL ACTIVITIES
Once the emergency has been overcome, technical personnel proceeds to:
Draft event reports
Implement remediation and contingency plans
Reliability. For replacement and maintenance of the equipment and materials used during the emergency response.
Documentary Updating. The Emergency Response Plan is permanently updated based on modifications made by brigade assignments, by local or corporate responsible parties, geographic location, internal and external audits, as well as by lessons learned from past events.