Villano Oil Field

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Summary Information

  • Operator: Eni
  • Country: Ecuador
  • Location: Oriente Basin
  • Production start: 1999
  • Partners:
  • Type: Oil - 21 API
  • Estimated Reserves: 200 million barrels
  • Production Volume: 18,000 bopd


  • The Villano drillsite is located some 40 kilometers into the rainforest. Only the wells and minimal facilities are located at the actual point of production. Oil is transported out of the forest by a unique flowline system specifically designed to minimize impact on the environment and processed at the Central Processing Facility (CPF) located out of the primary forest east of Puyo.
  • Villano oil then flows north through a 140 kilometer secondary pipeline to the Sote Oil Pipeline tie-in point at Baeza, and then on to Balao for export or processing for domestic consumption.


  • 1992 - Villano field discovery
  • 1996 - Agreement signed to build pipeline
  • 1996 - The Ecuadorian Ministry of Energy and Mines issued a decree to begin development
  • 1999 - Production start up
  • 1999 - Burlington Resources acquired Arco's share in the field
  • 2010 - Eni began operating the Villano field under a service contract with the state oil company Petroecuador



  1. Decree Clears Way for ARCO, Agip to Begin Pipeline, Oil Field Development in Ecuador
  2. ARCO Oriente Villano Oil Pipeline - Design-Build
  3. ARCO Announces Startup of Villano Oil Field in Ecuador
  4. Eni successfully renegotiates oil contract in Ecuador
  5. Agreement Clears Way for ARCO, Agip to Build Crude Oil Pipeline in Ecuador
  6. Burlington Resources Inc. to Acquire ARCO's Ecuador Operations, Latin America Exploration Rights

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