Incahuasi: Voyage to the Center of the Earth

Project type: Gas and condensates
Operator: Total (60%)
Partners: Tecpetrol de Argentina, Gazprom
Start date: 2016

5,636
meters: depth of the Incahuasi field
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The Incahuasi gas field lies 5,600 meters below the surface of the Andean foothills in Bolivia. Developing a field in this rugged mountainous region is a huge technical challenge.

A real test on the steep inclines of the Andean foothills

Accessing a gas field buried at more than 5,600 meters beneath the Andean foothills is a huge technical challenge. To meet it, Total is leveraging all of its expertise, while also laying nearly 150 km of pipeline along a rugged route through steep hills with inclines that exceed 30°.

Worksite safety is our primary concern as we ensure the completion of this ambitious project. To this end, we have set up an on-site Health, Safety & Environment training center to bring employees up to speed and ensure project goals are met. Incahuasi’s three wells and treatment plant will enable us to produce 6.5 million cubic meters of gas and nearly 6,000 barrels of condensate per day when production begins in 2016.

Guaranteeing economic benefits for local residents

We have launched a proactive community program to maximize the project’s positive impact. Through the program, our team of liaison representatives has established a meaningful dialogue with local residents. We invite all community members to take part in selecting, implementing and assessing the social initiatives we support.

Our goal is to meet all of their needs, with a particular focus on job training. In fact, 63% of the 2,300 people currently working on the site live in the immediate area, demonstrating the significant economic benefit for the surrounding region.

We also took measures to fully cover all 150 km of pipeline used to transport the gas and condensates so as to limit our environmental impact as much as possible. Thanks to these measures, the pipeline is completely invisible.

The Community Liaison Officer (CLO): the front line of local dialogue