Narrow rain forest ROW forces innovation for Ecuadorian flowline installation

The completed flowline runs along the 4-m ROW through the Ecuadorian rainforest (Fig. 1).Click here to enlarge imageConstruction of the Villano flowline in eastern Ecuador has proven that a major pipeline can be built on a 4-m wide ROW through virgin rain forest with minimum environmental impact (Fig. 1). Built through primary rain forest without roads or heavy equipment, the line was completed in March 1999 after 8 months of construction.Block 10 developmentThe flowline is part of the Villano Block 10 development project, carried out for Ecuador's national oil company Petroecuador, ARCO Oriente Inc., Agip Petroleum (Ecuador) Ltd., and their engineering, procurement, and constructio...

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