Pride in our work

Eden Yuturi, Ecuador

In 1995 prospecting begun for oil in the jungles of eastern Ecuador. One promising field was found at the Eden-Yuturi site, but it wasn’t until 2003 that construction of the oil field began in earnest. In 2008 the owners, Petroamazonas, ordered a gas conversion of their Eden Yuturi power plant, to better be able to utilise gas being flared. Four companies from the energy cluster in Vaasa were involved, facing a number of challenges – everything from the remoteness of the location to the conversions and modifications needed to suit the customer’s needs.

Wärtsilä accepted the order from Petroamazonas, in a program by the name “Optimisation Generation Electric- OGE” in 2008. By installing four 18 cylinder Wärtsilä Vasa 32 low NOx gas (LNGD) engines in V-configuration (generating 20-24 MW power) and converting them, the company was able to provide a solution that saves up to 640 barrels of oil per day. This means over 113.000 cubic meters of gas that otherwise would have been flared instead is used for power generation. For a closer look at Wärtsilä’s products and services, please visit their pages here.

VEO joined the project already from the beginning, ten years ago. It was a interesting project with several conversions from diesel to gas-driven engines. VEO provided the automation systems controling the engines and auxiliary systems. Furthermore, the plant requirements regarding plant availability set stringent demands on VEOs installations from the design and engineering phase to site modifications. At site, modifications had to be made without any down time due plant safety, ongoing processes and plant technology. For more info on VEO:s competences, please visit their pages here.

VAMP has a long-stading relationship with Wärtsilä as well as VEO and contributed to the project with security and monitoring measures. VAMP’s core competences in play at the Eden-Yuturi project are unique and stable solutions for ensuring energy distribution and the monitoring of power supplies and possible faults therein. VAMP’s pages can be found here and give a great overview over their innovations and services.

Leinolat Group consists of six different companies, four of which have been involved in this operation. Uwira-Kilkanen provided different kinds of piping as well as pressure vessels, collars and engine parts. Adiabatix contributed their Adibox and Adi-XP solutions for industrial insulation. Finally Leimec provided their unique solutions for roof monitoring, installing water-proof, breathable roofs specially designed for tropic regions. The full scope of the companies and products on Leinolat’s palette can be found here.

The Impact

During crude oil extraction process, crude oil, water, and associated gas come to the surface, where they are then separated at the production facilities. Given the unstable condition of the associated gas (both in terms of composition and supply) it is usually vented or flared. The World Bank-led ‘Global Gas Flaring Reduction Partnership’ estimates that globally this amounts to approximately 150 billion cubic meters of gas each year, causing some 400 million tons of carbon dioxide emissions. That is equivalent to 30 per cent of the European Union’s total gas consumption. Needless to say, there is a definite focus on this area from an environmental as well as an economical point of view.

The conversion from a crude-oil fuelled power plant to an associated gas-fuelled operation had several impacts for the company Petroamazonas. The emissions from the power plant were reduced. At the same time, net crude oil production was increased by approximately one oil well’s worth of production – without any additional drilling being executed. The operation also resulted in recognition at last year’s London 2012 Excellence in Flaring Reduction GGFR Awards with Petroamazonas taking home an award.

In Ecuador, the oil industry is an important part of the export industry. At the same time, there is a definite need to protect the delicate environment of the rainforest. To manage both of these, many of the solutions provided by the companies from the energy cluster in Vaasa are more or less necessary. For instance, using energy derived from the oil and gas that are products of the drilling operations not only cuts down on gas flare emissions, it also eliminates the need to transport diesel oil to the area to run the power plants, thereby cutting down on the stress on the environment.”