ARCO's Villano project: Improvised solutions in Ecuador's rainforest

ARCO Oriente Inc.'s Villano drillsite was designed along the lines of Alaskan North Slope drillsites to lessen environmental impact in the rainforest, entailing a compact drillpad with multiple exteded-reach wells and bare-boanes ancillary facilities to minimize the operation's "footprint" on the remote rainforest escarpment. Click here to enlarge imageARCO Oriente Inc. has just raised the bar in the evolving new paradigm of oil industry sustainable development in the rainforest.The Ecuadorian unit of ARCO recently started up commercial operations in its Villano oil field development project in the Oriente jungle region of eastern Ecuador.While at first glance a conventional oil field d...

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