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Total greenlights Vega Pleyade gas field development offshore Tierra del Fuego

Total (operator, 37.5%) has made the final investment decision to develop the Vega Pleyade gas and condensate field offshore Tierra del Fuego, Argentina in the Southern Atlantic. Vega Pleyade will produce through three horizontal wells. Together with production from the other Total-operated fields in the area, it will allow optimization of supply to the existing treatment plants and continuation of the plateau production of 18 million cubic meters per day (130,000 barrels of oil equivalent per day).

Vega Pleyade is located offshore Tierra del Fuego in the Cuenca Marina Austral 1 (CMA-1) concession that Total has operated since 1978. The field development plan consists of a wellhead platform in 50 meters of water depth that will be tied in to the Total-operated onshore Rio Cullen and Cañadon Alfa treatment plants by a 77-kilometer-pipeline. Estimated investment is at least US$850 million.

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Separately, Total will also begin offshore drilling in 2014, both to boost production from the Carina field, which started up in 2005, and to appraise the CMA-1 block. Investment in these projects is projected to be at least US$150 million.

Present in Argentina since 1978, Total, through its affiliate Total Austral, operates 30% of that country’s gas production. The Group’s equity share of production averaged 83,000 barrels of oil equivalent per day in 2012.

From its production center in Tierra del Fuego, Total operates the onshore Ara and Cañadon Alfa fields and the offshore Hidra, Kaus, Carina and Aries fields with a 37.5% interest, alongside partners Wintershall Argentina (37.5%) and Pan American Energy (25%).

Total’s other assets in Argentina are located in the Neuquén Basin, where the Group operates the Aguada Pichana and San Roque fields. Total has interests in five operating concessions and six exploration permits in which the Group’s overall net equity share is around 1,700 square kilometers. A shale gas and oil exploration and appraisal campaign was launched in the region in late 2011.


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