Total SA has started production from Phase 2 of the Itau natural gas-condensate field on Block XX (Tarija Oeste) in the Andean Cordillera foothills of Bolivia.
Phase 2 builds on the first phase that began production in February 2011, and will triple production capacity to 5 million cu m/day of gas, or 35,000 boe/d (OGJ Online, Feb. 21, 2011).
Total said the entire gas production of Itau’s Phases 1 and 2 will be processed in a dedicated unit on the same site as the facilities for the neighboring San Alberto field. Phase 2 production, like Phase 1 production, will be exported primarily to Argentina.
“Lifting Itau's production capacity allows us to keep pace with the region’s growing gas demand,” said Ladislas Paszkiewicz, senior vice-president, Total E&P Americas.
Total E&P Bolivie discovered Itau field in 1999. The company has 41% interest, alongside operator Petroleo Brasileiro SA (Petrobras) 30%, BG Bolivia 25%, and YPFB Chaco 4%.