PARIS – Total is planning to develop the offshore Vega Pleyade gas and condensate field in Tierra del Fuego, Argentina. 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 m (164 ft) of water depth that will be tied in to the Total-operated onshore Rio Cullen and Cañadon Alfa treatment plants by a 77-km (48-mi) pipeline. 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.