SGS selected by Occidental de Colombia to provide construction supervision services for infrastructure projects needed to exploit the Caño Limón oil field

Bogata, Colombia, 04-10-2013 — /EuropaWire/ — In August 2013, Occidental de Colombia selected SGS to provide construction supervision services for infrastructure projects needed to exploit the Caño Limón oil field. During the three-year contract, up to 50 on-site SGS experts will supervise construction and maintenance of mechanical and electrical civil infrastructure while ensuring compliance with technical regulations, customer specifications and HSE requirements.


OXY, the third largest oil producer in Colombia, is an international company specializing in gas and oil exploration and production. An active investor in Colombia for more than four decades, OXY now has operations in the Llanos Norte Basin of Aracua Province close to the northeastern border and the Middle Magdalena Basin located in the Santander Department.

Since its discovery in 1983, the Caño Limón oil field has yielded more than 1.2 billion barrels of oil enabling Colombia to become an exporter after years as a net importer.

Having chosen SGS commissioning services for its La Cira Infantas Field in 2010, OXY looked to SGS to supervise construction of the infrastructure projects at the Caño Limón field. Due to first-rate SGS experience and proven competence in projects of this kind, OXY once again chose SGS to partner in this new project.


SGS supervisors and inspectors are in place to conduct all the necessary services to ensure OXY partners of the project being completed on time and on budget while meeting all relevant regulations and quality standards.

Under the SGS project director, Level I, II III and IV non-destructive testing supervisors and an HSE supervisor are on board to conduct comprehensive construction supervision services on site in Colombia.

These comprehensive services include civil, mechanical, electrical and paint inspections as well as NDT, soil and concrete laboratory and topography services. A design team is also on hand to handle any questions in this area. SGS teams have been provided 15 4×4 supply trucks for use at the Caño Limón field.

SGS is providing Colombian partners professional construction services, specifically tailored to safeguard the successful completion of the infrastructure projects at the oil field. Independent, experienced on-site SGS experts are implementing and executing services at Caño Limón effectively and in line with Project Management Institute guidelines to keep the project on schedule, reduce technical risk and prevent construction errors through continuous supervision. Skilled SGS personnel are ensuring all work conforms to specified documentation and the construction permit and is in compliance with the relevant building regulations, quality standards and insurance company guidelines. SGS supervisors are appropriately completing and issuing all documents, certificates and declarations.

The SGS team at Caño Limón is working to supervise the impressive OXY staff of specialists with over 40 years experience in the Colombian hydrocarbons sector.

SGS is proud to once again assist this prestigious partner to increase oil production for Colombian consumers and ensure safe oil production for all Colombian citizens.

For further information, please contact:

SGS Industrial Services
Mario Marquez
Products Manager Hydrocarbons
60athStreet, No. 5-51
Bogata, Colombia
t: +57 1 346 1200
f: +57 1 211 7409


SGS is the world’s leading inspection, verification, testing and certification company. SGS is recognized as the global benchmark for quality and integrity. With more than 75,000 employees, SGS operates a network of over 1,500 offices and laboratories around the world.


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