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The Ocensa Central Pipeline covers 836 km of the subway pipeline in 6 departments, with 21-line valves, 9 pumping stations, a pressure reducing station and an offshore operation in the Gulf of Morrosquillo for tanker loading.
This is the route followed by our system, together with the stations in charge of pumping and storing the crude oil.
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Ocensa’s pipeline layout begins at the Cupiagua station, 15 minutes from the municipality of Aguazul, Casanare. Here arrives the production of crude oil from the Cupiagua field that is pumped to the Cusiana station.
Located in Tauramena, the station provides 50% of the volumes transported by the entire pipeline. It has an infrastructure which allows it to receive crude oil production from the following fields: Cusiana, Cupiagua, ODL and Araguaney. It has a tank car unloading station with a capacity to receive 80 KBPD that operates 24 hours a day and a storage system of 1,150,000 barrels.
It is the third station of the Ocensa pipeline and with it begins the upstream of the line through the Eastern Cordillera. Its operation is focused on the reception, storage, and delivery of several types of crude oil. It has a storage capacity of 260,000 barrels.
It is a station created with the P-135 project (Volume Increase). It receives crude oil arriving from El Porvenir station and is re-pumped to Miraflores station at 1,500 m.a.s.l. It works with 100% electric equipment and, during operation, it generates a greater increase in transported volumes.
It is considered a booster or re-pumping station that receives crude oil from the El Porvenir or Paez stations and re-pumps it to climb up a slope of up to 3,000 m.a.s.l., over the Eastern Cordillera and arrive at the La Belleza station.
An operation as extensive as that of our pipeline needs to have a number of bases in some sections to allow line maintenance, right-of-way intervention and timely reaction to a possible emergency.
Given its strategic location in the Eastern Cordillera and in the plateau of Cundiboyan, Soracá, a municipality of just 6,000 inhabitants, with an agricultural tradition and only a 14-minute drive from Tunja, is our base in Boyaca to carry out work and, in case of emergency, access any of the pipeline sites in less than 12 hours.
This station is in a strategic location in Magdalena Medio, an area with one of the most important energy hubs in the country. Likewise, it is also the location of many of the most important systems in the crude oil transportation business.
Unlike the existing stations in Casanare and Boyaca, La Belleza is a way station, not a process station. Here, the pressure of the crude oil is reduced so it can flow down 2,300 meters to the Vasconia station. Thus, risks caused by pressure are minimized.
An operation as extensive as that of our pipeline needs to have a number of bases in some sections to allow line maintenance, right-of-way intervention and timely reaction to a possible emergency. Located in the municipality of Puerto Berrio, on the Magdalena river and on the borders of Antioquia and Santander, the base facilitates the execution of works and the arrival, in case of emergency, to any place along the pipeline in less than 12 hours. Located 40 km to the south of Puerto Berrio, on the Magdalena river, is located Puerto Serviez, a place where the pipeline crosses under the river until it arrives at the Chiquillo station in Remedios, Antioquia.
Chiquillo is a crude oil re-pumping station, which was part of the Expansion of Power Capacity Project 135 through which it expanded the pipeline’s shipping capacity. As it is a re-pumping station, it does not have storage tanks.
Located in the municipality of Caucasia, the station is in charge of re-pumping the crude coming from the Vasconia station, increasing the oil flow in segment III, which can move from 11,000 to 15,000 barrels per hour. In addition, it serves as an intermediate base to prepare for contingencies and as an emergency response system.
It is an intermediate re-pumping station between the stations Caucasia, in Antioquia, and Coveñas, in Sucre. Along with the stations of Paez and Chiquillo, La Granjita was part of the Power Capacity Expansion Project 135 which expanded the pipeline’s transmission capacity.
In Coveñas the 836 kilometers of the subway pipeline are finished and begins the 12 kilometers of the submarine pipeline. The terminal receives all transported volumes and begins the operation of loading the oil tankers for the export of crude oil. It can store 2,800,000 barrels of crude oil of different qualities and its maximum pumping capacity reaches 60 barrels per hour to the TLU2 - tanker loading unit.
The tanker loading unit (TLU-2) or monobuoy is located 12 kilometers from the Coveñas Maritime Terminal. This is where the crude oil is transferred from the pipeline to the oil tankers and it also serves as anchorage for the vessels arriving at the terminal. Half of the monobuoy is static, it remains anchored to land, and the other half, which is observed over the sea, rotates 360 degrees, so that the tankers, already moored, have freedom of movement according to the meteorological and marine conditions. The current monobuoy is new and began its operations in April 2021. It replaced the previous TLU-2, which had 24 years of service.