Innovative Drilling Platform Preserves Sensitive Habitat

Thomas, Christopher (OXY) | Lopez, Juan Carlos (OxyCol)


This paper describes the unique engineering design, construction and environmental and social aspects implemented to develop the Chipirón TB oil field in Arauca, Colombia. This paper builds upon the design and construction aspects shared previously with the SPE to include the critical environmental and social factors integrated into the Occidental Colombia ("OxyCol" or "Occidental") risk management approach that have enabled learning and new innovative techniques from Chipirón to other projects. Using Occidental's Health, Environmental and Safety Management System (HESMS) to identify the project and surrounding socio-environmental risks is important so that a robust analysis of project risks leads to the development of mitigation approaches.