Carina-Aries Gas Development Brought OnStream

Total reports that the Carina-Aries gas fields, located offshore the Tierra del Fuego province, Argentina, have been brought on stream. Total operates the project with a 37.5% interest, alongside partners Wintershall and Pan American Energy.

Carina and Aries are located 80 and 40 kilometers offshore in a water depth of 80 and 60 meters respectively. The gas is produced from two unmanned platforms and piped onshore, where it is processed in the Rio Cullen and Cañadon Alfa units.

Production of Carina-Aries will eventually ramp up to a plateau of 8 million cubic meters per day allowing for a consolidated gas production of 11.5 million cubic meters per day for the consortium in Tierra del Fuego.

Present in Argentina since 1978, Total is, through its subsidiary Total Austral, the country's second-biggest gas operator, with fields operated in Tierra del Fuego and the Neuquen region. The Group also holds interests in pipelines serving the Argentinean market and neighboring countries. Furthermore, Total is Argentina's second largest electricity producer with interests in the Central Puerto and Hidroelectrica Piedra del Aguila power plants.