In Ecuador, back in 2006-2007, A Chinese Operator completed a large exploration project with the construction of Batata 2 well pad and the drilling of two exploratory wells to confirm a potential development of oil reserves identified during the seismic survey executed ealier in 2003 by EnCanEcuador (Subsidiary of EnCana), in the north side of Block 14. All this within the Yasuni National Park, one of the natural areas with the highest biodiversity in South America and also traditional land of peoples living in voluntary isolation (Tagaeri and Taromenani). These special social and environmental conditions called the attention of NGOs that predicted large impacts as well as permanent impact to local communities.

The early planning and execution of this project included the development of a long-term strategy and abiding to a set of high social and environmental practices to minimize company's exposure to potential future liabilities, and to guarantee the success of this challenging project. Unfortunately, by first-half-2007-, after drilling the above-mentioned exploratory wells, the prospects were declared non-commercial, triggering the process for decommissioning and reclaiming the Batata 2 well pad. The loop was closed and the success of the project was dimmed by the lack of expected drilling results. Nevertheless, the project demanded an important set of best practices to guarantee an impeccable HSE and Social Performance.

This paper summarizes some of the most important elements of project planning and execution of the Batata 2 well pad.

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