SK Engineering & Construction announced on March 11 that the company recorded 10 million man-hours without any on-the-job injuries at the construction site to modernize the Esmeraldas Oil Refinery, which is being developed by Ecuador’s state-run oil firm Petroecuador.
The figure is a feat equivalent to 1,000 people working 10 hours a day for 33 months without a single accident. This is a record high achievement for Korean construction companies operating in Ecuador. When it is completed in 2016, the company is expected to hit 15 million man-hours without any accidents.
The construction site to modernize the Esmeraldas Oil Refinery is considered to be a site with a high likelihood of accidents. This is largely because the company has hired many local workers in Latin America with different languages and cultures, and is constructing new facilities while running older ones at the same time.
Accordingly, SK E&C has been steadily involved in systematic and rigorous safety management over the past five years.
Meanwhile, the Esmeraldas Oil Refinery, located in the northern part of Ecuador, was built with a capacity of 55,000 barrels per day (BPD) in 1977.
During the 1980s to 1990s, it was extended two times to a capacity of 110,000 BPD. However, the facilities have become old and significantly lost refining capacity.
SK E&C has begun modernization to repair and upgrade facilities in the oil refinery in Dec. 2009, and it is expected to complete the project by March 2016.