MASA (Stork Americas) strengthens its relationship with Ecopetrol through a new contract
Ecopetrol is the largest oil company in Colombia and the third-largest in South America. In 2012 the Colombian state-run oil company produced an average of 754,000 bpd (barrels per day) and spent USD 1.4 billion on production and exploration. Its most productive oil fields are Castilla (128,000 bpd), Chichimene (65,000 bpd), Quifa (22,000 bpd) and Rubiales (115,000 bpd). For the Superintendence of Magdalena Medio (Central Colombia), Ecopetrol needed static equipment maintenance of three storage stations in the region to assure their operations and availability.
Stork MASA was awarded the contract for static equipment maintenance (vessels cleaning and maintenance). Key factors for Ecopetrol were the technical knowledge and support offered by Stork MASA and their experience. In addition, one of the main reasons for Ecopetrol to award the contract to Stork MASA was the required expertise and the existing successful relationship between both companies.
The contract covers maintenance services for vessels and tanks at three collection, pumping and processing plants in two states. The works include sediment extraction and disposal of various equipment types, repair or exchange of metal sheets and piping (including quality testing), coating and labelling, cathodic protection maintenance, tank capacity gauging, and repair of dikes and vessel surroundings.
An important added value of Stork MASA to Ecopetrol is the experience of the engineers and personnel in meeting the customer’s needs. Stork’s personnel have previously worked on Ecopetrol’s contracts and are familiar with their procedures and needs. The project duration is three years, from March 2013 to March 2016.