Total has started production at the offshore Vega Pleyade gas and condensate field, one of Argentina's largest offshore gas fields.
Operated by Total, the project will have a production capacity of 10 MMcm/d (70,000 boe/d).
The Vega Pleyade development consists of a wellhead platform in 50m water depth, tied back via a 77km offshore pipeline to the Total-operated Rio Cullen and Cañadon Alfa onshore treatment facilities, and was completed in just two and a half years.
The field is Total's second start up this year. Arnaud Breuillac, President Exploration & Production said: “The project consists of the development of one of the largest offshore gas fields in Argentina and is the world's southern-most gas development. It will allow us to maintain the level of our operated production in Tierra del Fuego at around 18 MMcm/d (130,000 boe/d) and to contribute to the long-term delivery of gas to Argentina."
Vega Pleyade is located in the Cuenca Marina Austral 1 (CMA-1) concession operated by Total with a 37.5% interest, alongside its partners Wintershall Energia (37.5%) and Pan American Energy (25%).
Total is a long-standing partner of Argentina. The Group has been present in the country for nearly 40 years and operates around 30% of the domestic gas production. In 2015, the Group's share of production in Argentina was 72,000 boe/d.
On the CMA-1 concession in Tierra del Fuego, Total operates the onshore Ara and Cañadon Alfa fields and the offshore Hidra, Kaus, Argo, Carina and Aries fields.