June 2010: Discovering Ecuador!

Country: Ecuador

Author: Nicola Sacco (Original version)

Keyword: people, stakeholders' Relations

My name is Nicola Sacco and I work in the Eni sustainability office.

Besides working on several activities together with my colleagues in Milan and Rome, I focus on international stakeholders' relations and on the protection and the promotion of human rights.

In late June, the Eni photographers (Alex Lanaro and Giacomo Magliocca) and I visited Agip Oil Ecuador with three objectives. They were:
documenting the activities of the AOE and to gather data and information in order to start a structured territorial reporting process;
interviewing the people of Eni working on the project in the Quito's offices and in the operating camps;
meeting local stakeholders and institutions to hear their direct evidences.

We've been able to see many things, to meet a lot of our Ecuadorian colleagues and to listen to their fascinating stories.

It's great to have opportunity like this to meet local realities, cooperate with Eni people working in offices and running company's activities in the camps everywhere in the world!
This is a brilliant professional opportunity and unique life experience.

Documenting the project

The visit to Agip Oil Ecuador has been a great occasion to get a sense of the Agip Oil Ecuador's (AOE) projects carried out in the first ten years of operations and to discover the way they were managed by the Eni people.
I had the chance to talk with Hernan Jaramillo, HSE-Q manager, working in AOE and in the Villano project since 1997. He started by describing his personal experience with the company and in the project. We also went through the book "The Villano Project", published in 1999 to live again the construction phase of the project and to analyse the technical aspects which make it unique.
It's been very interesting to listen to these stories, full of memories and real emotions. They also allowed me to understand what have been the most relevant steps in the development of the project Villano.


Eni's people at the camps

In the operating camps I met (among other persons) Fabián Vásconez, Pipeline Supervisor who stressed the environmental awareness the project always had and described other outstanding  peculiarities; Juan José Borrero, Superintendent of the Villano A and B, gave me some interesting technical data; Katty Zambonino, Maintenance Engineer in Villano A, told me about her experience as young woman in the oil industry; Rosita Chango, Communitarian Relations Department , an indigenous who joined the company; Germán Terreros, former military official now responsible of the security of the camps; Mattia Magenis, young Company Man of the Villano B who describes his personal path in Eni and his experience in Villano.


Eni's people in the offices

"Every one of them is proud to work in this project, which has been defined as the invisible pipeline". With this sentence I want to summarize the feelings I got from all the persons of Eni I met and talked with during the visit to Agip Oil Ecuador (AOE).
The interviews in the offices of Quito include Azucena Carrión, Business Manager and Deputy Managing Director of the project who told me about future opportunities; Sonia Cruz, the oldest (in terms of experience) Eni person in the Quito's offices; Mariana Aguirre,whose professionalism in the finance department made her the Budget & Cost Controller of the Villano project; Ricardo Chang with his enthusiasm for oil negotiations; Luis Borja, an expert of communitarian relations which is one of the most critical and delicate aspect of the project.


Local stakeholders and institutions

The Villano project is made by Eni's people. But not only. In fact, thanks to several collaborations with the governments, with indigenous organizations, with environmental and natural resource management organizations and with the Catholic University of Ecuador, AOE has been able to develop several remarkable projects.
I met Miguel Angel Aleman of Entrix, the consulting firm that followed AOE since the construction phase supporting the company in the studies of impact; Wilfrido Aragon, Coordinator of the Indigenous Organization Cabeceras Rio Kuraray told me about the relations with the company and and the positive approach of the company's management; Mario Lopez, Mayaor of the Canton of Arajuno and Jorge Castillo stressed the good relations between the government and AOE; Hugo Navarrete of the Catholic University who worked with other researchers for the Villano Biodiversity project.