A new oil field that has been built in the Amazon jungle will maintain strict environmental standards, Ecuador’s President Rafael Correa has confirmed.
Speaking at the site’s inauguration, Correa said that it represented a new era of oil extraction which would show that drilling does not have to be harmful.
The field is based around 298 km east of Ecuador’s capital, Quito and will pump 13,000 barrels of oil a day.
Ecuador is part of OPEC, an intergovernmental organisation that co-ordinates policies for its oil-exporting developing nation members.
The state’s oil company, Petroecuador, produces about 140,000 barrels of crude oil a day.