Drilling water treatment plant at the Puerto Gaitan Oilfields (Colombia)
Published in FuturENVIRO, September 2014
There are around seven million hectares of land with great potential for agricultural development In the Eastern Plains (Llanos Orientales) of Colombia. However, this potential depends on the availability of water and efficient means of transport in the region, both of which are precarious at this point in time. For cultivation purposes, the high plains (altillanura) require constant availability of water, not just in winter but throughout the year because the region has four very clearly defined months of summer. These circumstances gave rise to the initiative to improve the quality of the process water of the Rubiales oilfield and deliver it to the agricultural sector for use on crops grown to produce biofuels and energy.