Total group to develop gas-condensate field off Argentina

A group led by Total Austral SA, Buenos Aires, will develop Vega Pleyade gas-condensate field on the Cuenca Marina Austral-1 block offshore Argentine Tierra del Fuego.

The final development decision authorizes a wellhead platform in 50 m of water to accommodate three horizontal wells producing via a 77-km pipeline to the Total-operated Rio Cullen and Canadon Alfa onshore treatment plants. Vega Pleyade will help the company achieve its production growth target for 2017, Total said.

Meanwhile, Total will also begin offshore drilling in 2014 to boost production from Carina field that started up in 2005 and to further appraise the CMA-1 block (OGJ Online, June 27, 2005).

Production from Vega Pleyade and the other Total-operated fields in the area will allow optimization of supply to the treatment plants and continuation of the plateau production of 18 million cu m/day, Total said.

Total holds a 37.5% interest in the block. Partners are Wintershall Energia SA 37.5% and Pan American Energy LLC 25%.

Total, which has operated the CMA-1 concession since 1978, operates 30% of Argentina’s gas production. The gas comes from Ara and Canadon Alfa onshore fields and Hidra, Kaus, Carina, and Aries offshore fields in the Malvinas basin. The company also operates Aguada Pinchana and San Roque fields in the Neuquen basin.

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