Curaray-Andoas oil pipeline project - Peru

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Curaray-Andoas oil pipeline project - Peru is an oil pipeline.[1]

Location

The pipeline originates at Curaray, Peru, and terminates at Oleoducto Nor Peruano Crude Pipeline, Andoas, Peru.

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Project Details

  • Operator: Perenco[1]
  • Capacity: 60,000 barrels per day
  • Length: 207 kilometers
  • Status: Operating
  • Start Year: 2013

Background

The purpose of the US$359 million pipeline project is to ship block 67 oil production from the Curaray crude oil processing plant to Petroperu's Andoas station, from which it can be transported to the Bayóvar terminal on the Pacific Ocean.[2] Block 67 is an area in the Marañón basin that includes the oil fields of Paiche, Dorado and Piraña.[2] The pipeline consists of a 20-inch-diameter main pipeline and a 10-inch-diameter parallel line, which transports light hydrocarbons from Andoas to the Curaray crude oil processing plant.

In March 2010, Perenco filed an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) to Peru's energy and mines ministry for the pipeline project.[2]

In December 2013, heavy oil production commenced at Block 67 at an initial rate of 1,000 barrels of oil per day (BPD), with the expectation it would increase to 6,000 BPD in 2014, 12,000 BPD in 2015, 35,000 BPD in 2017, and thereafter reaching a peak of 60,000 BPD.[3]

Opposition

Numerous protests, some of which have resulted in violence, regarding oil and gas exploration, production, and transportation have been held in Peru in recent years.

Block 67 is located in an area of Peru in which there are several uncontacted Indigenous tribes in "voluntary isolation."[4][5] According to a report by CooperAcción, the creation of Block 67 was in violation of international law protecting indigenous peoples' rights.[5] The report estimates that the pipeline will affect approximately 20,000 people, cross territory belonging to the Achuar, Arabela, Kichwa and Quechua, and that some of the indigenous groups have not been informed or consulted about it.[5]

Block 67 is also located in one of the most inaccessible and most biodiverse regions of the Peruvian rainforest.[5] A portion of the pipeline transverses the "protected" Pucacuro National Reserve.[5]

Oil development in Block 67 was opposed in protests in May and December 2009, one of which was violently broken up by the Peruvian Navy.[5]

Accidents

On 7 April 2013, a helicopter flying to Lot 67 crashed, killing all 13 people on board.[5]

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