Indigenous protests force Petroecuador to reduce its 2023 oil production target
Ecuador will need to revise down its daily crude oil production target by some 40,000 barrels, equivalent to about 8%, its oil minister said, after state-run company Petroecuador declared force majeure on three more oil blocks on Tuesday because of protests.
Communities near blocks 16-67, 43-ITT and 61, located in Orellana province, have protested in recent months that Petroecuador has not done enough to contribute to provision of basic services, housing and economic help.
The demonstrations have “impeded the normal functioning of hydrocarbon activities, drastically affecting production, state income and above all putting personnel at risk,” Petroecuador said in a statement about Tuesday’s declaration.
The three blocks produced a total of about 142,000 bpd on Sunday, with joint production falling to about 122,500 bpd on Monday, according to government figures.
The government is evaluating potential threats, the statement said. The company requested the help of the armed forces to safeguard its installations.
Petroecuador said Block 12, which produces around 29,200 bpd of oil, remained under force majeure since the weekend declaration.