Total fires up new offshore Argentina field

February 25, 2016

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. 



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