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Block 43 (Yasuní ITT)

The ITT project, or more commonly known as block 43, involves developing the Ishpingo, Tambococha and Tiputini heavy oil fields located within the Yasuní national park. Because of a lack of international support, Ecuador abandoned a plan to not drill in the environmentally protected area. Under the plan, Ecuador had said that, in exchange for financial contributions from the international community, it would not allow E&P activity there. Then, on October 3, 2013, block 43 was declared to be of national interest. Soon after, by January 2014, Ecuador's ministry of hydrocarbons had awarded block 43 directly to its NOC, PetroAmazonas, to carry out development work there. On May 22, 2014, the company was awarded an environmental license to begin development of Tambococha and Tiputini fields. Environmental consulting firm Sabito has overseen the project's development.

Full Name Block 43 (Yasuní ITT)
Project Type Exploration, Onshore, Upstream
Development Phase Licensing
Project Status Active
Project Capacity  Exploration
Investment US$ 2.8bn
Completion Date 2016

The ITT fields are located in Aguarico canton, Ecuador.

* The map coordinates represent the approximate latitude and longitude, and not the exact location of the project.

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