Total has announced that production has begun from Phase 2 of the Itaú gas and condensate field located in Block XX (Tarija Oeste) in the Andean Cordillera foothills, Bolivia.
Phase 2 follows the initial production in February 2011, and will triple production capacity to 5 million cubic meters of gas per day – 35,000 barrels of oil equivalent per day.
The increase in production capacity comes from using a dedicated processing unit on the same site as the facilities for the neighbouring San Alberto field. As with Phase 1, this phase of production will be exported mainly to Argentina.
Senior Vice President of Total E&P Americas said that “lifting Itaú’s production capacity allows us to keep pace with the region’s growing gas demand.”
Total discovered the Itaú field in 1999 and has developed it with Petrobras, BG Bolivia and YPFB.